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ACCWAM - Achievements

Achievements

Since the beginning of ACCWaM in September 2011 the following progress has been made:

 

Cooperation

The ACCWaM programme was presented to AMWC (Arab Ministerial Water Council) in January 2012 and was received with wide acceptance.

Cooperation agreements have been signed with ACSAD and UN ESCWA thus including two major regional players as partners in the programme.

A cooperation agreement with UNEP is envisaged for awareness creation on water and climate change in the MENA Region.  

 

Advisory services to AMWC to strengthen regional water governance

Scientific advisory services have been provided to AMWC in council meetings, e.g. on the re-use of drainage water (June 2012). The regional representation in international boards has benefitted from the common appearance at the World Water week in Marseille 2012.  The engagement has fostered AMWC to increasingly discuss climate impacts for the water sector.

With ACCWaM’s support the development of an action plan to operationalize the Arab Strategy for Water Security has started. ACCWaM provides advice on the overall structure and the inclusion of climate adaptation measures. A first outline will be presented in January 2013.

 

Regional knowledge management for climate change

The development of an Arab climate knowledge hub is advanced through the “Regional Initiative for the Assessment of the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Socio-economic vulnerability in the Arab Region” (RICCAR). RICCAR is an outcome of a collaborative effort between the United Nations and the League of Arab States (LAS) and its respective specialized organizations to respond to the request of the Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC) and the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE). Coordinated by ESCWA and supported by ACCWaM progress is made in establishing climate impact and vulnerability assessments and developing an integrated climate mapping tool. 

 

Piloting climate change adaptation innovations with ACSAD and the water ministries

The agreed Pilot Projects in Egypt and Jordan are based on the clear proposals of the national water ministries. Feasibilities studies and planning processes are in progress.

In Egypt the innovation project on reusing drainage water for irrigation in the Damanhur Governorate in the northern Delta has been highly welcomed by the local farmers. The study of the socio-economic as well as the technical aspects for the water re-use have been (are close to being) completed. 

In Jordan studies are on the way about the potential of artificial groundwater recharge through recharge release dams. The feasibility study about framework conditions, institutional and technical requirements to make solar farming a viable income alternative that reduces unsustainable groundwater abstraction are in preparation.

In Lebanon the pilot project will address the feasibility of managed aquifer recharge to prevent seawater intrusion in the coast areas around Beirut. The start of the feasibility study is in preparation.

 

Capacity Building through a Study Tour

In October 2012 ACCWaM conducted a study tour with the representatives of its partners (LAS, ACSAD, ESCWA) visiting the giz headquarter in Eschborn, the German Environmental ministry , the  Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) as well as non-governmental institutions in Brussels.

During the tour various experts provided in-depth information about relevant common themes (e.g. climate proofing, knowledge hubs, climate funding), frameworks and regional approaches for climate adaptation and water management. This knowledge exchange and diverse insights have been inspiring for all the participants.

 

Studies

In August 2012 a study (by Guy Jobbins) with the title “Climate Change and Water in MENA: Mapping of Knowledge and Institutions“ has been completed for ACCWaM. It gives a thorough overview of the complex institutional and stakeholder landscape in the Arab Region, especially in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

ACCWaM Report Mapping of Knowledge and Institutions.pdf

Another report finalized in January 2013 on "Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in National Policies, Strategies and Action Plans" (by Holger Hoff, SEI/PIK)  assesses the state and further potential of climate mainstreaming in national water strategies in the three focus countries. Recommendations for further integration of climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral coordination are provided. This advice is passed on to the National Water Ministries as well as to the representatives of the AMWC.

 

Participation in conferences and congresses

ACCWaM has participated in the following conferences and congresses:

For further Events please also have a look at our Section News & Events : http://www.accwam.org/News.html

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