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Call for Experts: review of the MedECC Special Report on climate-water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus

Tue, 07/11/2023 - 02:00

The MedECC is pleased to announce the call for experts become a reviewer of the MedECC Special Report on climate, water-energy-food-ecosystems (WEFE) nexus. The external review is planned to start mid-July 2023 and it will last until September 2023.


 The 2021-2023 work of MedECC focuses on preparing three Special Reports on i) coastal risks, ii) climate-water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus, iii) environmental change, conflict and human migration. These new reports follow the First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) on environmental and climate changes in the Mediterranean region published by MedECC in November 2020. The scoping meeting of the Special Report report on climate – wefe nexus was held online in January 2022, and the draft outline was validated by the MedECC Steering Committee. The authors were appointed on the basis of their expertise following a call for self-nominations, the submission of detailed CVs, and a validation by the MedECC Steering Committee. The author team developed a Zero Order Draf (ZOD) which was reviewed internally early 2023. They are now working on a First Order Draft (FOD) which will undergo the external peer-review by scientific experts. The table of contents of the Zero Order Draft (subject to minor modifications for the FOD) is available here.

Who can participate?

We invite the researchers representing the full range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views and backgrounds to apply to become a reviewer. The review is open to PhD holders and other experts with a solid experience in the fields covered by the report. The report counts about 100 pages. However, if you become a reviewer, you do not need to review the whole report, you may restrict your review to the parts for which you have the best expertise. These are not anonymous reviews and expert reviewers will be recognized for their valuable contribution with their name, affiliation, and country of residence being acknowledged and published.

How to apply

In order to apply to become an external reviewer of the MedECC report, complete the online registration form, no later than 15 August 2023. Selected participants will be contacted with further information about the review process. If for some reasons you can not access the online form, you can download the form here and send it completed to the MedECC Secretariat.

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The UfM 13th Water Expert Group meet in Rabat to promote water security

Wed, 07/05/2023 - 02:00

The UfM 13th Water Expert Group (WEG13) meeting took place on 7 and 8 June 2023 in a hybrid format at the Direction Générale de l’Hydraulique of the Ministry of Equipment and Water to review progress at national level in the implementation of the UfM Water Agenda, including the UfM Financial Strategy for Water, since the 12th meeting of the Water Expert Group took place in May 2022 in Amman, Jordan. The meeting was co-chaired by the UfM Co-Presidency Jordan and the European Union (DG Near and DG Environment) and organized in partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco. The meeting brought together the UfM member states and partners.

The meeting also examined the outcomes of the UNFCCC COP 27 and the UN 2023 Water Conference held last March in 2023. Furthermore, the meeting reflected on the necessity of establishing another UfM meeting of Water Ministries after the first The UfM Ministerial Declaration on Water that was held in 2017, to create a momentum to the water agenda’s implementation. In that sense, it was agreed that the UfM would start a process of consultation with member states towards drafting a new declaration on water, Such preparation process will include the drafting of a Roadmap by the UfM that will collect member states’ contributions, which will be presented to the UfM Senior Officials by the end of this year.

UfM member states agreed on the necessity of adopting the non-conventional water resources as an effective alternative for addressing water scarcity, adapting to climate change, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable development, and ensuring a reliable water supply for the future. Furthermore, they highlighted that the use of non-conventional water resources will improve the transition towards a more sustainable circular economy model. In line with this discussion, the directorate general of water of Spain asked the UfM to help with the implementation of IDRA, the International Drought Resilience Alliance, an initiative of Senegal and Spain launched at the latest UN Climate Conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The UfM Water and Youth Engagement Strategy was presented during the meeting for the water expert group who stated that involving youth in the water sector and decision making is important because it harnesses their potential, encourages their active participation in society, and contributes to a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous future. In order to operationalize the Strategy and deploy its 9 programmes, building partnerships with other organisations will be key.

A session was dictated to the different regional initiatives and projects to present and share their experiences to further support the implementation of the UfM Water Strategy, this includes; the EU WES Project, the Sida/UfM MENA Water Matchmaker 2 Project , the PRIMA WEFE4MED Project and  the water digitalization by SEMIDE.

Deputy Secretary General Almotaz Abadi, in charge of Water, Environment and Blue Economy highlighted that this meeting was an opportunity for member states and different stakeholders to better coordinate their efforts in a more integrated manner. Moreover, joint endeavours that may lead to not only advance the implementation of the UfM Water Agenda and, furthermore, link it to other regional agendas such as the biodiversity agenda and the source-to-sea agenda.

Prior to the meeting, the 1st Regional Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus Roundtable in the Mediterranean was held back-to-back on 6 and 7 June 2023 in Rabat, Morocco. It was organized by Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) and the EU Water & Environment Support (WES) Project with contributions by and in the framework of the GEF UNEP/MAP MedProgramme Child Project 2.2 on Nexus, the WES in the ENI Southern Neighbourhood region, the Sida/UfM MENA Water Matchmaker 2 Project and the PRIMA WEFE4MED Project. The Roundtable brought together local and national authorities, academia, technology companies, civil society groups, and gender and youth organizations, who made significant progress in identifying the appropriate policies and procedures that will enable the implementation of the Nexus approach at various levels. It was also discussed the possibility to establish a Strategic framework for WEFE Nexus in the Mediterranean source to sea continuum. The objective of the roundtable was to ensure that the funding and investments needed to support the upscaling of the Nexus technical innovations and solutions are available.

Participants also discussed the various options and steps that will be taken to ensure that the private and public investments and funding needed for the implementation of the Nexus approach are available through a dedicated session convened by the UfM on mobilizing finance and investment for Nexus implementations.

Deputy Secretary General Almotaz Abadi, in charge of Water, Environment and Blue Economy, highlighted that it is time to move from “Nexus thinking” to “Nexus doing and upscaling”.

During the closing session of the Roundtable, representatives of regional institutions, national authorities and stakeholders stressed the need for a regional strategic framework to address the WEFE Security related risks.

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Kick Off of the 5th Mediterranean Water Forum

Tue, 07/04/2023 - 02:00

The Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfMs) with their partners are organizing the kick-off meeting of the 5th edition of the Mediterranean Water Forum on 18 October2023 in Valencia, Spain. The Kick-off is the place to decide the pilot of the different sessions of the Forum and the selection of the presentations for each session. The general idea is to give the floor to the largest number of Mediterranean countries and organizations to express themselves during the Forum. The 5th MWF Tunis 2024 will be co-organized by Tunisian Government – MWI and UfM. It will take place in the Cité de la Culture. The main Thematic of the forum is : “For a new culture of Water” which corresponds to the necessity to have a new vision of the Water uses in the different sectors of world economy (Agriculture, Industry, Urban, Rural, Tourism and Nature). That also includes the indispensable alliance with other main Commons: Food, Health, Energy, Education and Biodiversity, the five fingers alliance with the palm of the hand: “Water”. The main theme of the 10th World Water Forum, to be held from 18 to 24 May 2024 in Bali, Indonesia, will be “Water for Shared Prosperity” with six main themes as follow:
• Water Security and Prosperity
• Water for Humans and Nature
• Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
• Cooperation and Hydro-diplomacy
• Water Finance
• Knowledge and Innovation
Discussions will be likely focused on identifying effective responses to ensure water security. This theme is of crucial importance for the Mediterranean where demographic trends, socio-economic challenges and the effects of climate change have a major impact on water management. However, to ensure its sustainable development, the Mediterranean has always been able to manage and transform the challenges brought by water scarcity into opportunities.
The Mediterranean process will be all about providing perspectives on water based on local needs and identifying best practices and technologies developed to present them as answers to the challenges of water security in the region. 

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