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R. Klingbeil, 2015. AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network.


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Klingbeil, R., 2015. AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network. Presentation at the regional Training Course on Water Footprint Assessments, Manama, Bahrain, 20-22 Apr 2015.

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R. Klingbeil, 2015. AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network.

  1. 1. A Cap-Net Regional Network for Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management hosted by UN ESCWA April 2015 Dr. Ralf Klingbeil AWARENET Network Coordinator UN ESCWA Regional Advisor Environment and Water
  2. 2. Cap-Net Regional Networks
  3. 3. Cap-Net Regional Networks
  4. 4. AWARENET Who we are [AWARENET Geographic Coverage] The Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET) is an independent, impartial regional network of training and research institutes, NGOs, government institutions and experts in the field of water, engaged in the development and delivery of capacity development programs and resource material on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policies and practices for the Arab region.
  5. 5. AWARENET Objectives The main objective of the network is to provide the public with better water and sanitation services, protect precious water resources and the environment, and promote socio-economically constructive uses of water by improving the implementation of IWRM concepts in the countries of the Arab region. [AWARENET Geographic Coverage]
  6. 6. AWARENET History The network was initialized in March 2002 with support from UN ESCWA and a number of regional and international organizations. The launching of AWARENET took place during a “Workshop for Water Knowledge Consumers and Producers” held in Beirut in March 2002 and was officially endorsed by Member States of UN ESCWA in the 22nd Ministerial Session through Resolution 244 (XXII) on the “Cooperation between ESCWA member countries with respect to shared water resources and the Arab Network for the Integrated Management of Water Resources”. It is hosted by UN ESCWA acting as the network secretariat. [AWARENET Geographic Coverage]
  7. 7. AWARENET Countries and Territories of the Arab Region Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara and Yemen [AWARENET Geographic Coverage]
  8. 8. AWARENET Members by Country
  9. 9. AWARENET Activities 1/2 AWARENET in cooperation with partners such as Cap-Net, UN ESCWA and others offers training-of-trainers (ToT) and general training courses on themes of relevance to sustainable water management at Arab regional, sub-regional and national level. Issues addressed today include among others IWRM courses, methodologies for water footprint assessments, water governance and integrity. [AWARENET Geographic Coverage]
  10. 10. AWARENET Activities 2/2 Together with Cap-Net, its global partners and regional networks AWARENET provides its members opportunities to interact with other initiatives for capacity development worldwide. AWARENET today has more than 340 institutional and individual members from the Arab region and beyond: 85 institutional members and overall members from 20 of the 22 Arab countries. For specific topics time bound thematic Working Groups have been set up to allow for direct interaction between members with interests in these areas (today: Climate Change and Water Governance). [AWARENET Geographic Coverage]
  11. 11. AWARENET Working Group on Climate Change The AWARENET Working Group on Climate Change (WG-CC) was initially set up in July 2009 to address issues related to capacity development on water and climate change. In the course of the work of the on-going UN ESCWA led Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR) it is envisaged to restart the WG-CC in the near future. [AWARENET Geographic Coverage] Chair: toberenewed, Deputy Chair: toberenewed
  12. 12. AWARENET Working Group on Water Governance The AWARENET Working Group on Water Governance (WG-WG) started in March 2014 to coordinate activities among interested AWARENET network members. WG members elected for one year, until March 2016 the Chair and Deputy Chair. Today c. 35 AWARENET members are engaged in this WG. Currently WG reviews its annual work plan that includes • Promote member dialogue on water governance and water integrity, • Support the SIWI Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme in MENA (WI-MENA) at Arab regional level beyond the five focal countries. [AWARENET Geographic Coverage] Chair: Mr. AA Torrey, Deputy Chair: Dr. A Tamimi
  13. 13. AWARENET Training Course Water Footprint Assessment 1/2
  14. 14. AWARENET Training Course Water Footprint Assessment 2/2
  15. 15. AWARENET Training Course Water Integrity 1/2
  16. 16. AWARENET Training Course Water Integrity 2/2
  17. 17. AWARENET Training Courses Training of Trainers Studies - Pilots Water Footprint Assessment Water Integrity Human Rights Based Approach Managed Aquifer Recharge Constructed Wetlands GIS GW Maps for Decision Making Water – Energy Efficiency WW / Grey Water Reuse The Water SDG Produced Water Ecosystems and Water eWater
  18. 18. AWARENET Partners
  19. 19. Contact: Dr. Ralf Klingbeil Network Coordinator c/o UN ESCWA +961-1-978508 (office), +961-1-978510 (fax) UN-House, P.O. Box 11-8575, Riad El-Solh Square, Beirut, Lebanon