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Folder Side Event: Shared Water Information Systems for a Better Governance in the Mediterranean

In the water sector, access to reliable information is a major challenge for a transparent and efficient governance. A national water data collection and monitoring system is an essential element in order to provide reliable background for defining, implementing and evaluating each country’s water policies and investments linked to clear and shared objectives. Improving institutional cooperation and implementing jointly agreed standads are the main challenges. EMWIS have been working with all Mediterranean countries since 2005 on sharing knowledge on data management. A new momentum has been reached thanks to the Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial recommendations for data, information and statistics on water, based on internationally agreed definitions and methods, structured within information systems. The commitments to be discussed are directly linked to the governance targets of the Mediterranean Process, as well as the information monitoring and sharing of the thematic process “cooperation and peace”.

Session held on Tuesday 13 March 2012, from 13:15 to 14:15 - PEu 1 - Europa 1 > Palais de l'Europe

Coordinator: Walter MAZZITTI, President of EMWIS Steering Committee

Facilitator: Eric MINO, Manager, EMWIS TU

 

Agenda:

 

Programme: Tuesday 13 March – 13:15 to 14:15
Coordinated by: Walter MAZZITTI, President of EMWIS Steering Committee
Facilitated by : Eric MINO, Manager, EMWIS TU
· Introduction
Rafiq Husseni, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean in charge of water issues
· Added value of water information systems in France and Spain
· Main challenges in the South and East Mediterranean: Tunisia, Morroco, Lebanon, Palestine, Algeria
Hesham KANDEL, Egyptian Minister of water resources and irrigation
Abdelmalek SELLAL, Algerian Minister of water resources
· Towards a Mediterranean water knowledge hub
Jean Louis GUIGOU, IPEMED President
· Declaration of commitements
Simultaneous translation : English and French
Mini coktail available

•  Introduction by Walter MAZZITTI

• The European approach by Jacqueline MCGLADE, Excecutive director, European Environment Agency

• Priorities of the Union for the Mediterranean regarding water information by Rafiq HUSSEINI, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean in charge of water issues

• Main challenges in the South and East Mediterranean

  • Tahar Aichaoui, General Director, Algerian Ministery of water resources
  • Moncef REKAYA, General Director of Water Resources, Tunisia

• Towards a Mediterranean water knowledge hub by Jean Louis GUIGOU, IPEMED President

• Declaration of countries: Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Cyprus

 

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