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Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector

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*** SEMIDE/EMWIS Technical Unit Team Wishing You A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015 ***

In this issue N°120 (
1- Successful 2nd Mediterranean Water Forum on the road to the 7th World Water Forum
First Steering Group meeting of the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform
3- EU water research and innovation tackling Mediterranean challenges

4- Getting closer to the Water Strategy for the Western Mediterranean

5- demEAUmed: Innovative waste water treatments for tourism sector
6- “Water Integrity in MENA” project approved by the UfM
7- AquaForMed: the progress of the Mediterranean Network of Water Training Centres
8- R-KNOW: Participation at "Water Management and Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the Arab Region" workshop
9- PAWA: 3rd Workshop on water accounting at basin level, Rome
10- 4th Meeting of OECD Water Governance Initiative

11- MED-3R (MED-3R Euro-Mediterranean Strategic Platform for a suitable waste management): From Byblos to Nice
12- WssTP-ERRIN H2020 Brokerage & WG event hailed a great success
13- SWIM-SM activities and policy dialogue days in Athens on October 2014
H2020 Initiative sets ambitious objectives to boost protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution
15- Palestine: Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector project: Official launch of the Water Policy Dialogue
16- Algeria: Al Mactaa sea water desalination mega-station inaugurated in Oran
17- Egypt: Irrigation Minister attended Egyptian-Dutch water council meeting
EIP: Connecting water innovation demand and supply
19- Major City Networks Partner for a Water-Secure World
20- 2014 World Water Summit: Time For Action On The Global Water Agenda
21- AFED announces its 7th annual conference recommendations: Food security supports political stability
22- Launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE²W) Network
23- The Green Morocco Plan: An Innovative Strategy of Agricultural Development

24- Morocco: EU twining project on water governance and integrated water resources management
25- Soil moisture data for global challenges
26- Service delivery indicators : a tool for improving rural water services
27- Five years of soil moisture, ocean salinity and beyond
28- Climate Change to Bring More Heat Waves and Water Shortages in the Middle East and North Africa



1- From 25 to 27 November 2014, Murcia became the Mediterranean capital of Water with more than 250 participants coming from all Mediterranean countries. During the opening ceremony of the Mediterranean Water Forum, Charafat Afailal, the Moroccan Minister in charge of water, reaffirmed the interest of the Kingdom for such exchanges of know-how and experiences and to continue cooperation following the the 1st Mediterranean Water Forum (December 2011 in Marrakesh, Morocco). She also stressed her commitment to the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform. The UfM Deputy Secretary General for Environment and Water, Naser Tahboub highlighted the need for continued efforts and stronger coordination to tackle priority issues in the Mediterranean region, which is facing growing pollution and water scarcity. He also emphasised the need to close the information gap and harmonise accessible data for relevant regional actors as well as the need for more concrete trans-boundary cooperation for the sustainable use of resources in the region. The UfM Deputy Secretary General briefed the audience on the progress of concrete actions currently undertaken by the Secretariat, including the UfM-labelled project “Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform”. The project aims to contribute to sustainable policies for integrated water resources management (IWRM) and climate change adaptation by releasing a Mediterranean White Paper on Water in addition to the national information systems.  The Platform initiative was also discussed during a dedicated session with the secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, the Institut Méditerranéen de l'Eau (IME), MENBO,  EMWIS, GWP-Med and GWOPA. Finally, this 2nd edition of the Forum prepared the Mediterranean regional contribution to the 7th World Water Forum that will be held in Korea in 2015, where the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform will be main focus of the regional process for the Mediterranean region. Further information on EMWIS website.

IN BRIEF (Full news)

2- The first Steering Group meeting of the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform took place in Valencia (Spain) on 10 September, back to back with the EMWIS Steering Committee meeting. The project promoters, International Office for Water and Institut Mediterranéen de l'Eau, together with their technical support partners (EMWIS and MENBO) presented the sub-projects on reinforcing National Water Information Systems and developing white papers to support IWRM implementation and the related fund raising plan. The South Med pilot countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan) explained their current status of implementation and financing focusing on the national governance and inter-institutional coordination. Regional organizations such as the European Environment agency, Blue Plan, MedPol, the Arab League reaffirmed their commitment in the project. A first draft methodological approach for technical and economical assessment of water information system was also introduced.  The meeting was also attended by EU countries (Spain, France, Italy, Malta) and by other South Mediterranean countries that expressed their willingness to take part in the regional activities or even for some of them in starting additional pilot implementation (e.g. Palestine). The project was also presented during the last ENPI-SEIS Steering Committee meeting in Copenhagen on 16-17 September where future priorities for implementing a Shared Environment Information System (SEIS) in the European Neighborhood were discussed. Further information on EMWIS website.

3- With the “Water and Innovation” programme launched at the end of the 7th Framework Programme of Research (2007-2013), the European Commission is bringing the most advanced research results from the laboratory to full scale demonstration in real life situation. This initiative is now continuing under the Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014 to 2020) which is opened to participants from partner countries from the South Mediterranean. Some of these research and innovation projects would bring valuable contributions to the Green Med II programme, in particular for Sustainable Water Management (SWIM II) and de-polluting the Mediterranean Sea (H2020). A couple of these projects were disseminated during the side events organised in the framework of the 2nd Med Water Forum, last November in Murcia, Spain. Two of them were tackling for water/energy/food nexus: WEAM4i on water and energy efficiency for irrigation, and Opiris for the optimisation of irrigation. The SAID project is providing tools for smart management of water infrastructures at river basin level. demEAUmed project is offering technological solutions to reduce fresh water demand of the touristic sector in the Mediterranean. Further information on EMWIS website.

4- After the last meeting the 3rd workshop on the water strategy for the western Mediterranean organized back to back with EMWIS Steering Committee meeting in Valencia, Spain, last September, a set of 13 priorities were defined and participating countries were asked to provided details on relevant projects that could fit in the future action plan. Valuable contributions were received. Based on these inputs the Secretariat chaired by Spain and Algeria, is now updating the documents, including the draft Strategy and its annex featuring the action plan. The next preparatory meeting on the Water Strategy for the Western Mediterranean is now foreseen in early 2015 with a Ministerial meeting to adopt the Strategy later on during the 1st semester of 2015. Further information on EMWIS website.

5- demEAUmed is a Water and Innovation project co-funded by the European Commission. It aims at closing the water cycle in Mediterranean touristic resorts, thus reducing the water foot print of the tourism sector. The partners coming from 7 EU countries will joint for their bi-annual coordination meeting in Nice in January 2015. After one year of testing and preparation, 8 innovative technologies for waste water treatment are now ready for implementation and testing in large hotel, near Barcelona. An advance monitoring and control system will also be implemented to allow the partners providing technologies to follow their systems remotely. Results of testing will be integrated in a decision support system in order to select and configure the most appropriate solutions in other resorts depending on their water usages (consumption for green areas, swimming pools, showers, toilets, kitchen, and laundry). Further information on EMWIS website.

6- The Senior Officials of the UfM member countries approved the adoption of five new regional projects during their 6th Senior Officials Meeting this year, which took place on 4 December 2014 at the headquarters of the UfM Secretariat, in Barcelona (find brief summary of each project below). Additionally, one more project related to youth employability and entrepreneurship was presented with a view to its future UfM-labelling. 2014 has been the year to develop and accelerate the UfM project pipeline. The number of UfM-labelled projects has reached a figure of 29 and approximately 100 projects are currently under study by the UfM Secretariat in an effort to strengthen operational cooperation and provide answers to different socio-economic challenges in the region. Among the 5 approved projects there was a project on water integrity: “Water Integrity in MENA”. Promoted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this project aims to improve transparency and accountability practices in water management in the MENA region by addressing poor governance structures; high water demand and low levels of trust among different parties sharing the same water resource; and limited institutional mechanisms for applying integrated water resources management principles, which is leading to chronic water stress in the region. The first phase will be implemented over a 4-year period in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has supported this project with a financial contribution of 2.3 million Eur. Further information on EMWIS website

7- AquaForMed, the Mediterranean Network of Water Training Centres set up as one of the Commitments made at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles, is continuing its development. Several requests for membership have been received and work is progressing on the survey related to demonstrating economic benefits of vocational training in the water sector. Any case study from the water and wastewater sector would be welcome. Progress will be presented at the 7th World Water Forum in Korea, April 2015, where AquaForMed will be participating to the Thematic Process_Topic 4.5 - Enhancing Education and Capacity Builiding, in order to promote training of water professionals as a strategic issue for development of the water sector and durability of infrastructures. For information please contact or check AquaForMed website.

8- This workshop "Water Management and Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the Arab Region" aimed at identifying the prevailing challenges at national and regional levels in water quality data acquisition and sharing. This aspect also includes monitoring, assessment and reporting taking into account the 2011 Arab Water Strategy. Among many objectives, this workshop helped raise awareness and reinforce collaboration & networking among relevant stakeholders regionally and globally and later created synergies and opportunities of networking for joint future action. R-KNOW project participated at this workshop and it was a good opportunity to present its network and activities, including papers on issues such as: Sustainable and Innovative Technologies, Climate Change & Water, Water governance and the Water, Energy, water and Food Nexus. Further information on EMWIS website

9- The third Workshop of the PAWA Project "Pilot Arno Water Accounts" was organised in Rome on 1 December 2014. This project is funded by the European Commission / DG Environment for a pilot action on the Arno river basin for the calculation of the water balance according to the international System for Economical Environmental Accounting for water (UN SEEA-Water) with a monthly time range and at sub-river basin level. The first results obtained within the project PAWA were presented to all the National, Regional and Interregional Basin Authority of Italy. The workshop was opened by Bernardo DE BERNARDINIS, the President of ISPRA (the Italian Agency for Environmental Protection and Research), who stressed the importance of this pilot initiative and its willingness to implement this approach in other Italian river districts. Other Italian Basin Authorities also presented their activities related to the preparation of water balance and in conclusion a round table allowed to share the lessons learnt from the various initiatives that have been developed at European, national and local level. Now, the PAWA team is focusing in using the water accounts simulations for the optimal selection of measures to fight against water scarcity. These measures are foreseen to be integrated in the nex version of the river basin management plan. The PAWA project is funding by the Directorate General Environment of the European Commission (DG ENV), with the aim of promoting preventive actions on European basins against desertification through a sustainable management of water resources. The Coordinating entity is the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), and the main partners are: the Arno River Basin Agency (ARBA), Italy and the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS/SEMIDE), France Further information on EMWIS website.

10-  The 4th Meeting of OECD Water Governance Initiative was held in Paris on 24-25 November 2014. The meeting allowed to: Discuss recent developments in the Global Water Agenda, especially the preparatory process of the 7th World Water Forum (Korea, 2015) and progress on negotiations related to post-2015 SDGs; Peer-review OECD draft reports on “Water Governance in Brazil”, “Stakeholder Engagement for Inclusive Water Governance”  and “Water Policies for Future Cities”; Share views and suggestions on the first draft of OECD Principles on Water Governance; Brainstorm (in working groups’ meetings) on a set of policy indicators for each of the 12 principles on water governance; and Share experience on water governance reforms, initiatives and events. The experience of PAWA project (Pilot Arno Water Accounts) was highlighted as a good practice for water governance at basin level, indeed the water accounts provided a support the participation of the stakeholders in their developments as well as for the selection of relevant measures. Further information on EMWIS website


11- MED-3R: « MED-3R Euro-Mediterranean Strategic Platform for a suitable waste management » is a strategic project of the ENPI CBC MED Programme included in the topic « waste treatment and recycling ». This 90 % funded project by the European Union of a budget of 4,787,062 € brings together 15 direct partners and 7 associated. Last October 21-23th, 2014, Byblos Municipality (Lebanon) organized its committee meeting to discuss the planning of activities and its progress by each partner, the methodologies for developing waste management plans, and the follow-up of the pilot actions. The participants could carry out technical visits to Byblos & Blat pilot areas. The next committee meeting will be organized by the Direction of waste management at Nice Cote d’Azur Metropole (France) in Nice together with the 2nd MED-3R technical visits in Nice from Monday the 19th to Thursday the 22nd of January 2015. The technical visits will allow the participants to see the waste collection organization over the Metropolitan territories, and they will have the opportunity to see an animation on packages selective sorting, the waste-to-energy plant at Ariane, the sorting center of bulky items in Nice, Valazur; as well as Veolia’s composting platform for green waste at Carros. This monitoring committee will be also the occasion to assess the deliverables produced by the partners (sites diagnostics, feasibility studies, waste management plans, capitalization of lessons learnt and good practices, and the operations in the pilot actions including the awareness & communication campaigns as well as the calculations of quantitative and qualitative indicators). Further information on MED-3R website

12- With over 150 attendees, the joint WssTP-ERRIN H2020 Brokerage & WG event concluded at the last week of November in Brussels. The first day of the event was dedicated to Horizon 2020 (the new Research and Innovation programme of the European Commission), having as an aim to facilitate networking between members for collaborative projects, as well as to foster the creation of consortia for the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls and other EU funding opportunities. Panos Balabanis from the DG RTD of the European Commission, Anna Casagrande from the National Contact Points and Eric Vos from Water Campus Leeuwarden participated in the first sesssion , giving their own perspective on the lessons and experiences learnt from the 2014 calls. On 27th of November, Pascal Dauthuille, chair of the WssTP iTAB (Innovation & Technology Advisory Board) opened the 2nd day of the event, highlighting the importance of WssTP working groups for the functioning and implementation of WssTP strategy. Further information on EMWIS website

13- How to achieve a better compliance with water laws in the South Mediterranean countries was at the focus of a 2 days policy dialogue in Athens, Greece on 14th and 15th of October 2014. Organized in the framework of the EU-funded Sustainable Water Integrated Management – Support Mechanism (SWIM-SM), the activity brought together 31 experts and NGOs from 7 South Mediterranean countries, who reviewed the current enforcement issues and gaps their countries experience, deliberated possible policy options, identified measures to improve conformity including capacity needs, and suggested guidelines for countries of the region towards better application of rule of law in the water sector. Participants praised the meeting for its structure and high level presentations, its dynamic discussions and very vibrant participation. Facilitation and interventions by the experts were commended and lessons learnt were deemed useful. On the other hand, SWIM-SM published a report and a set of guidelines intended to assist legislators and government officials from the South Mediterranean countries in the design and administration of a regulatory environment for the safe "managed aquifer recharge (MAR)" with adequately treated wastewater (or reclaimed water). SWIM-Sm is also helping in assessing the cost of water resources degradation & remediation in Mann River and Lake Mar as well as assessing Lebanese decision makers in prioritizing investments to reduce the degradation of the Litani River Basin. Further information on EMWIS website


14- National representatives in charge of Environmental Policy from more than 20 Mediterranean countries joined participants from international financial institutions, regional organizations and other key stakeholders in adopting a strategic document outlining the key objectives over the next 5 years for the H2020 Initiative for a cleaner Mediterranean as regards investments in pollution reduction, review and monitoring, capacity building and research. Hosted by the Co-presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean — the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan — and with support from the UfM Secretariat, the meeting was organized last December 17th in Barcelona in direct follow-up to the recommendations outlined in the Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Climate Change held in Athens on 13 May 2014 to draft and adopt a work programme for the H2020 Initiative’s second phase (2015-2020). With a clear indication from the Ministers to step up efforts, the unanimously-adopted document recognizes the need to reinforce investment activities in pollution reduction, with a wider thematic scope, information sharing and closer cooperation and synergies. The document adopted was the result of collaborative work between the UfM Co-Presidency, the UfM Secretariat, UNEP/MAP, the European Environment Agency and the European Investment Bank (EIB). While training activities were particularly well received by participants, country representatives stressed the critical importance of responding to concrete needs on the ground and ensuring linkages with other programmes and projects in the same areas. Increased coordination and information sharing within the pollution reduction sub-group (led by EIB and UfM) with a particular focus on project preparation will help to yield tangible results in this regard. Further information on EMWIS website


15- The first consultation workshop of the Water Policy Dialogue in Palestine, within the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) labelled project “Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector” was held in close cooperation with the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), on 13 November 2014, in Ramallah. With more than 40 key stakeholders from the government, private companies and banks, research institutes and academia, media and the Civil Society, the workshop marked the official launch of the Policy Dialogue to be conducted by the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med,) within the period 2014-2015. The Policy Dialogue will allow building a common understanding and a shared consensus on the main obstacles to private sector involvement in Palestine’s water sector and identify concrete actions to overcome them. The launch of the Palestinian Water Policy Dialogue came soon after the Project’s 1st Regional Conference that was organised on 28-30 October 2014, in Athens, Greece, in close collaboration with the EU funded “Sustainable Water Integrated Management-Support Mechanism” (SWIM-SM) Project. The next Regional Conference within the “Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector” Project is scheduled to take place during the latter part of 2015 with the aim to reinforce further the regional dialogue and exchange of experiences by sharing the findings of subsequent national Policy Dialogues, including the one in Palestine. Further information on EMWIS website


16- Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal inaugurated, last November 9th in Oran (432-km west of Algiers), the Al Mactaa sea water desalination mega-station in the East of Oran’s administrative center. Following the explanations given by the officials of the sector, the Prime Minister insisted on the quality of the water that will be served to the citizens. This installation, which is considered as one of the biggest in the world using the reverse osmosis process, has a daily production capacity of 500.000 m3 of water, a quantity aimed at meeting not only the needs of the province of Oran but also those of the bordering provinces such as Mascara, Tiaret, Mostaganem and Relizane. The HOMA (Hyflux Operating Maintenance Algeria) company was created for the management of the station. The company concluded a contract with TMM and should manage the Al Mactaa station for 25 years. Further information on EMWIS website


17- Before its visit to Holland, Egyptian Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Hossam Moghazy attended a meeting of the Egyptian-Dutch Advisory Council for Water. Moghazy led Egypt's delegation during the meetings which took place on Thursday 11/12/2014. The meetings tackled a number of important issues about future cooperation between the two countries in the field of water resources. In pre-departure statements, Moghazy stressed the necessity of making use of the Dutch expertise in development plans and renewable energy. Further information on EMWIS website


18- The European Innovation Partnership on Water - EIP Water in short - has taken a central role on the European water innovation landscape, providing a platform for all actors in the field of water and innovation. After the success of the first EIP Water conference in November 2013 in Brussels, the second EIP Water annual Conference took place on 5 November in Barcelona, the European Innovation Capital 2014. The EIP Water conference attracted well over 400 participants from all over Europe and beyond. The presentations are now available on the EIP Water slideshare account. The Summary of a "Market study on water innovation opportunities in four African countries" - Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, and Morocco - was presented by Professor Nunes Correia of the Portuguese Water Partnership. The conference also marked the launch of the 3rd Call for Expressions of Commitment to establish an EIP Water Action Group; please do not hesitate to check out the call and its details at EIP Water website. Further information on EMWIS website


19- According to the United Nations World Health Organization, over half of the world’s population now lives in cities and this figure will continue to grow, especially in less developed regions. Therefore, delivering safe water and sanitation in cities will be key to securing sustainability for human, economic and environmental prosperity in the future. On Tuesday, 28 October, six organizations joined forces to tackle this issue in Marseilles (France). Through the signature of a Partnership Agreement, UN-Habitat’s Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments, the Daegu Gyeongbuk Development Institute, the National Committee for the 7th World Water Forum and the World Water Council committed to work together to address the important role that local and regional authorities and operators play in managing and providing water and sanitation for their populations while safeguarding water resources and to support cities in rising to this challenge. This Partnership Agreement will serve as an important stepping stone for the preparation and organization of the Local and Regional Authorities Conference of the 7th World Water Forum, which will take place 12-17 April 2015 in Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea and towards the Habitat III conference on housing and sustainable urban development in 2016. The partnership with these key players will allow for greater mobilization of local and regional authorities and water operators and will help make their voices heard in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Further information on EMWIS website


20- The Economist's 2014 World Water Summit, where the world's leading thinkers on water policy, management, irrigation, technology, economic development, sanitation and hygiene and water-related risks gathered in London to catalyze action in response to the looming global water crisis. Driven by the event theme – Time for Action – speakers from the private sector, government, academia, and associations provided the rationale and recommendations for pushing progress to a new level, stimulating private sector involvement and smart partnerships, and raising the profile of and activity supporting water stewardship across all sectors of society. John Parker, who writes on global trends in the environment for The Economist, moderated the summit. The event kicked off with a video message by Prince Charles, who reminded attendees about the importance of sustainable water management, accepting responsibility for and properly managing water, and measuring what matters. He stressed that the sector should move toward "enlightened water diplomacy" and "fair pricing regimes." In a special appeal to the private sector, deputy secretary-general Eliasson requested that firms actively engage with the United Nations Global Compact to "advance corporate water stewardship and better sanitation practices" and contribute to efficient water use, water treatment and desalination. Further information on EMWIS website


21- The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) released on December 9th, 2014 the recommendations of its seventh annual conference held in Amman, which addressed food security in Arab countries. The recommendations were finalized by a high-level committee of experts and officials who participated in the conference. AFED secretary general Najib Saab announced the recommendations, which call for filling the gap in food production, amounting to US$36 billion annually, by enhancing land productivity, irrigation efficiency and regional cooperation. While recognizing the importance of political stability and security in this regard, the recommendations pointed out to the role of food security in creating jobs and supporting political and social stability.  Further information on EMWIS website


22- A new network focused on achieving food, water and energy security was launched at UNESCO Headquarters by the International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) and the Australian National University (ANU)-UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance. The Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE²W) Network is ‘bridging the silos’ across the fields of food, energy, environment and water, which are essential to human wellbeing and to environmental health, to improve living conditions worldwide. FE²W is a network of individuals from academia, the private and public sectors, and civil society, who wish to facilitate the dialogue between disciplines and sectors.  The FE²W Network will serve to compile main messages to decision-makers. FE²W actions aim at improving how to manage systemic risks and shocks across these systems.  Further information on EMWIS website


23- In Morocco, agriculture is a strategic sector, economically and socially. It plays major roles in terms of food security and nutrition, supply for agro-industry, employment, integration into the international markets, stabilization of populations in rural areas, and sustainable development. The Green Moroccan Plan (GMP), launched in 2008, is the governmental strategy which aims to stimulate the agricultural sector. It intends to reform agriculture and promote its integration in the international market, and heighten sustainable growth. The implementation of the GMP is based on two pillars and several cross cutting programs. The first pillar concerns the highly productive, intensive and market connected agriculture, and the second pillar concerns the strengthening of small holder farmers by promoting intensification of crops where appropriate, and the reconversion to more adapted crops with respect to ecological conditions and markets demand. The cross-cutting programs deal with water economy, land tenure, farmers organization, market access, free trade agreements in which Morocco is involved, and investment mobilization. In total, the GMP is made of 1500 projects requiring more than 10 billion USD for implementation until 2020. The National Irrigation Water Saving Program (PNEEI) is considered to be one of the main programs of the GMP, since still 77 percent of irrigated areas are surface irrigated (MAPM, 2012). The PNEEI aims at saving water irrigation through the conversion of surface irrigation to drip irrigation on nearly 550,000 ha towards 2020, with an investment of 4.5 billion USD. Further information on EMWIS website.


24- Following a call for proposal opened to all EU countries, a consortium led by France (IOWater) with Spain as junior partner has been selected to implement the twinning project “Governance and integrated management of water in Morocco”. This project is launched within the framework of the programme “Achieving the Advanced Status” promoting the strengthening and the partnership between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco, with respect to the implementation of the Morocco-EU Neighbourhood Action Plan (2013-2017). The overall objective of the twinning project is to support the improvement of river basin management in Morocco. The specific objective is to strengthen the institutional, organisational and technical capacity of the Department of Water of the Ministry for Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment in the field of integrated river basin management. Further information on EMWIS website.

25- The world’s population is expected to reach over 8 billion within the next 15 years. According to United Nations estimates, we will need 30% more water, 45% more energy and 50% more food by 2030. Mankind must thus start considering the interdependencies of these three sectors, a relationship known as the water-energy-food nexus. Water is needed for almost all forms of energy production and power generation; energy is required to treat and transport water, and both water and energy are needed to produce food. One key to face our growing demands is the climate-related variable soil moisture. Soil moisture influences agricultural processes as well as global water and energy cycles. Copernicus satellites provide a cost-efficient source of information to support the monitoring of water-energy-food nexus issues. Satellites deliver global soil moisture data at high temporal resolution. They also provide coherent, reliable and unbiased information about soil moisture conditions in regions where such data is otherwise inaccessible or unavailable. Satellite-based soil moisture data support the monitoring of droughts and floods. Such information is essential for optimising water supply, energy generation and food production to achieve sustainable development. Further information on EMWIS website


26- The Uganda WASH sector has been using a set of 11 ‘Golden Indicators’ to measure its performance for more than 10 years. While the information provided by the Golden indicators is useful for national-level planning and identifying general problems around rural water supply, it is not detailed enough to guide district-level planning or to enable District Water Offices to take corrective action. As a supplement to the Golden Indicators, the Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs) developed under the Triple-S initiative enable the user to make a more in-depth analyses of the factors that underlie performance in rural water services delivery at minimum cost and with minimum technical support. This policy brief describes the SDIs, how they can be applied, and expected benefits, based on pilot testing in Lira and Kabarole districts. Further information on EMWIS website


27- ESA's SMOS satellite has clocked up more than one billion kilometers orbiting Earth to improve our understanding of our planet’s water cycle. Marking its fifth birthday, all the data collected over land and ocean have been drawn together to show how moisture in the soil and salinity in the ocean change over the year. Carrying a novel sensor, it captures images of ‘brightness temperature’. These images correspond to microwave radiation emitted from Earth’s surface and can be related to soil moisture and ocean salinity, which are two key variables in Earth’s water cycle. The data that has been collected by the satellite has been used to show, among other things, how the moisture in the soil changes with the seasons around the world and in different geographical locations. This data has also been used to show monthly differences in sea-surface salinity with respect to the average salinity.  On the other hand, the novel satellite measurements are also helping regions lacking the appropriate technology in forecasting and monitoring events such as drougths and crop yields. Further information on EMWIS website


28- In a world where global average warming reaches 4°C above pre-industrial level, summer temperatures are expected to be up to 8°C warmer in parts of Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq by the end of the century. Climate change will place already scarce water resources under intense pressure in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region,with major consequences for human life and regional food security. In countries—such as Jordan, Egypt and Libya—crop yields could drop by up to 30 percent by 2050 if temperatures rise by 1.5 to 2°C. All capital cities in the region could face many more exceptionally hot days each year. Compared to the rest of the world, the MENA region will disproportionally suffer from heat extremes. Dramatic changes are affecting people around the world already, damaging crops and coastlines, and putting water security at risk, according to a new World Bank report, Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal. However, the worst changes could be avoided by holding warming below 2°C, the report says. Climate-related pressure on natural resources and subsequent migration might increase the risk of conflict. Rising sea-levels—another projected effect of global warming as polar ice caps melt—could cause billions of US dollars-worth of damage to cities like Alexandria, Benghazi and Algiers, and to Egypt’s Nile river basin. Declines in agricultural productivity will have strong repercussions for economic growth and social stability. The World Bank Group believes that economic development and climate protection can be complementary. Technological and behavioral changes are urgently needed to mitigate the harmful effects of global warming and reverse present trends. Further information on EMWIS website


29- Morocco: Mr. Abdellah EL Mahboul was nominated New General Secretary at the Ministry Delegate to the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, in charge of water last December 5th, 2014. Further information on EMWIS website

30- It was announced on December 18th, 2014 that Mr Johann-Dietrich Wörner will be the next European Space Agency (ESA) Director General, for a period of four years starting on 1 July 2015. He will succeed Jean-Jacques Dordain, whose term of office ends on 30 June 2015. Further information on EMWIS website

31- UNESCO-IHE Vice Rector to serve on Global Agenda Council on Water: Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Vice Rector of UNESCO-IHE, will serve on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Water 2014-2016. The World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit Foundation committed to improving the state of the world. The provision of water services is a core development issue that needs the appropriate political and financial attention. 783 million people still do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion to adequate sanitation. Further information on EMWIS website

32- MEDRC Regional Research Scholarships Announced: Palestinian, Omani, and Jordanian Researchers Supported. MEDRC announced details of the successful research projects to be funded under the 2014 Regional Research Support Program. This program supports exceptionally talented researchers from MEDRC Member States in the MENA region. . Further information on EMWIS website

33- "2015 IAHR Awards - Call for Nominations": IAHR members are invited to submit nominations for the Arthur Thomas Ippen Award, Harold Jan Schoemaker Award, and M. Selim Yalin Award. These awards will be presented at the 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, June 28 – July 3, 2015. Deadline: January 15, 2015. Further information on EMWIS website

34- Take up the 7th World Water Forum Challenge: The "World Water Challenge" is open to anyone who wants to propose optimized solutions to the world’s challenging water issues. The key water issues were selected during the first part of the contest and you are now invited to submit your solution, which must be based on scientific and technological means. 10 outstanding solution providers will be invited to present their ideas during the 7th World Water Forum. The five best solution providers will receive additional awards and the Grand Prize will be handed out to the winner at the Forum’s World Water Challenge Awarding Ceremony. Applications close on 30 January 2015. Further information on EMWIS website.

35- Water-Energy-Food Emerging Scholars Award - 1st Prize Funded Invite To Oxford University Workshop: The Global Water Forum announced the launch of the 2014 Emerging Scholars Award. In 2014 the Award will be linked to a workshop at the University of Oxford: ‘Water, Food and Energy: Understanding and Managing the Risks and Trade-offs’ that will take place in June 2014. The author of the winning entry to the Award will be invited to participate in this exclusive 4.5 day intellectual retreat attended by 35 leading researchers and water practitioners. First prize will include a travel grant (return economy travel valued up to AU$1500) and coverage of accommodation and venue expenses. Applications open on January 22nd 2014 and close on April 22nd 2014. Further information on EMWIS website

36- Scholarship to study MSc in Flood Risk Management: The Erasmus Mundus Programme in Flood Risk Management starts annually each September for a duration of 24 months in the following locations: Delft (the Netherlands), Dresden (Germany), Barcelona (Spain) and Ljubljana (Slovenia). Existing masters programmes on floods offered in the European Union cover many technical aspects but lack integration. This programme follows the holistic approach and is explicitly designed to cover a wide range of topics - from drivers and natural processes to models, decisions and socio-economic consequences and institutional environment and is therefore an important advance in water education for Europe. Application deadline: For applications for the scholarship category "partner countries" the deadline of application is : 6 January 2015 and for applicants from scholarship category ""programme countries" the deadline of application is: 25 January 2015. Further information on EMWIS website

37- 8 PhD positions in Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling (Universität Tübingen, Germany): The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Integrated Hydrosystem Modelling” at the Universities of Tübingen and Hohenheim (Germany), and Waterloo (Canada) targets at developing and applying numerical models of flow and reactive solute transport in coupled hydrosystems comprising of land-surface and subsurface compartments. These models are needed to assess the impacts of environmental change on water quantity and quality at catchment scale. The IRTG offers a structured PhD program at the German partner universities with joint international training and supervision. The main work place is in Tübingen; a six-month research stay at Waterloo is integral part of the training. Application Deadline 31 Jan 2015. Further information on EMWIS website


38- World Water Council position paper on water in post-2015 Development Agenda: The World Water Council considers the formulation of the Sustainable DevelopmentGoals (SDGs) to be an endeavor of the highest importance to ensure a prosperous and equitable future for humankind. As part of this, the Council encourages the UN to move forward towards the new set of Sustainable Development Goals, and the development of a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound) Sustainable Development Goal on Water. In this effort, the World Water Council is compelled to reiterate its message that no development can occur without the necessary water security to nurture sustainable development. Further information on EMWIS website

39- "Thirsty Energy: Securing Energy In A Water-Constrained World": Thirsty Energy, the first publication of the Energy-Water initiative, introduces the energy-water nexus, examines the water requirements of power generation and outlines some potential technical and institutional solutions for improving the management of the nexus. Further information on EMWIS website

40- The recently released ECN publication 'Understanding the Energy-Water Nexus' can be downloaded now. This report begins by reviewing the current thinking reported in the existing literature on the "Energy-Water-Food Nexus". This report aims to inform local and regional decision-makers responsible for the development and implementation of policies related to energy and water resource systems. Further information on EMWIS website

41- "Renewable energy brings water to all": More than a billion people in developing countries have no access to safe drinking water. Population growth, pollution and over-exploitation have all contributed to water scarcity. An EU-funded project is working on developing a solution: a simple, low-cost, user-friendly water purification system which converts contaminated water into quality drinking water using renewable energy without any chemicals. Article from the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre available in English, French, Arabic and Hebrew. Further information on EMWIS website

42- Preventing waste is a top priority of waste policy in the European Union with potential economic and environmental benefits. Check out our new report on waste prevention programmes across Europe. The EEA report ‘Waste prevention in Europe’ shows that by the end of 2013, 18 of 31 countries had adopted waste prevention programmes as required by the EU Waste Framework Directive. The EEA will regularly assess waste prevention programmes under this legislation. Further information on EMWIS website

43- Costing water services in a refugee context - methodological report: UNHCR aims at improving the budgeting of post-construction expenditure for the provision of water in camps, in particular those in post-emergency situations.  This report presents a methodology to cost water services that has been adapted from the life-cycle costs approach (LCCA) initially developed and tested in regular settlements and which has currently been adopted by more than 80 organisations across the world. Further information on EMWIS website

44- "A Dam Revival, Despite Risks: Private Funding Brings a Boom in Hydropower, With High Costs": While some dams in the United States and Europe are being decommissioned, a dam-building boom is underway in developing countries. It is a shift from the 1990s, when amid concerns about environmental impacts and displaced people, multilateral lenders like the World Bank backed away from large hydroelectric power projects.  Further information on EMWIS website

45- The Use of Space-based Information for Flood and Drought Risk Reduction: The official report on our United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information for Flood and Drought Risk Reduction in Bonn, 5-6 June 2014, is now available in all six UN languages (English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian). Further information on EMWIS website

46- WssTP newsletter, November 2014: Special article by Pavel Misiga, Head of the Water Unit, European Commission. Further information on EMWIS website

47- EUWI‬ Multi-stakeholders forum report and presentations at the World Water Week 2014 are now available. Further information on EMWIS website

48- Why should water and climate policy mix? The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) has just released a brief new video about why global water and climate policy should be working together - for mitigation and adaptation, for communities and ecosystems, for nations and livelihoods. Further information on EMWIS website


49- Call for proposals: "Acting for the water resource". Lyonnaise des Eaux calls for proposals "Action on water resources" aims: to support and encourage innovative initiatives to save resources, reduce the impact of human activity on water resources, promote good ecological status of water bodies to better protect the environment and biodiversity, share water data to make available to all the information on water resources (quality, access points, origin, etc.), anticipate the consequences of climate change on water resources, and better integrate issues related to water in urban development. Deadline: December 31, 2014. Further information on EMWIS website


50- Call for proposals for Free FORMOSAT-2 Satellite Imagery: The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) calls for proposals for free FORMOSAT-2 satellite data. This research announcement provides an opportunity for researchers to carry out advanced researches and applications in their fields of interest using archived and/or newly acquired FORMOSAT-2 satellite images.  Up to ten proposals will be selected by a reviewing committee. Each selected proposal will be granted 10 archived images and/or data acquisition requests free of charge. All requested image acquisition shall be before December 31, 2014. Further information on EMWIS website


51- "European Innovation Partnership on Water: New Action Group applications": Action Groups (AGs) are at the core of the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) and operate as voluntary multi-stakeholder groups; these are the central element of EIP Water's implementation phase. Action Groups work with their partners to develop, test, scale up, disseminate and stimulate the uptake of innovations by the market and society for major water-related challenges. This call has a specific focus, see for full details the Guideline for Application. European Innovation Partnership on Water Call opened at 5 November 2014. Deadline for submission: 31 January 2015. Further information on EMWIS website


52- ACQUEAU Open Call: ACQUEAU Open Call supports projects in water sector twice per year (Autumn session and Spring Session). The first session for the next year will start at the beginning of 2015: the project outline (PO) deadline will be on 15 January 2014. Further information on EMWIS website


53- Call for PEER Research Pre-Proposals 2014/2015 [Water]: The National Academy of Sciences (US) is announcing a new funding opportunity which USAID is offering to a range of developing country researchers. Focus areas which may be of particular interest to you and your colleagues relating to water include: 1) Global call for proposals on water resource management; 2) Transboundary Water Research in Central and South Central Asia; and 3) SERVIR: environmental management and climate change resilience. Submission deadline is: January 9th, 2015 11:59 P.M. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time). Further information on EMWIS website


54- ERANETMED Open Call for projects: ERANETMED is an ERA-NET dedicated to the coordination of research and innovation in the area of societal challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It was established in October 2013 and shall end by September 2017. The main aim is to enhance Euro-Mediterranean co-ownership through innovation and competitive research in the societal challenges of the region. The project aims at reducing fragmentation of programming in the Mediterranean region by increasing coordination among national research programmes of European Member States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries. Joint call on RENEWABLE ENERGIES, WATER RESOURCES and their connections to the MEDITERRANEAN REGION was launched in November. Deadline for submission of proposals: 2 February 2015, 5 pm (CET). Further information on EMWIS website


55- Nexus issues Open e-Consultation: Towards the establishment of the “Mediterranean Nexus Network”. This Targeted stakeholder consultation is a pre-step for the establishment of the “Mediterranean Nexus Network”, and it is a part of the research work of Ciheam-Bari experts in view of the 3rd Arab Water Forum context. Interested entities and persons are invited to read the consultation document, Research paper at Bonn Nexus Knowledge platform and the manuscript analysis before answering the questionnaire. This consultation is addressed to operational stakeholders active in one or more of the following three sectors Water, Energy and Food (in Agriculture) and to organisations, bodies and public administrations related to these sectors (National Authorities, Universities, Academia, Research Center, Industry Consultation Body, NGOs.etc). The consultation does not specifically target private citizens. Further information on EMWIS website


56- Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment on Landsat 8 Science Results: With the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) in February 2013, the already unprecedented Landsat global record continues and could reach 50 years or longer in length. LDCM, renamed, Landsat 8 when the mission was declared operational in May 2013, is based on several technological advances that are providing more and higher quality multispectral data than previous Landsat missions. In addition, Landsat 8 includes new multispectral measurements that are expanding science and applications. The proposed special issue will address Landsat 8 systems performance, data characteristics and quality, advances in land and water characterization associated with the improved Landsat 8 imaging systems, evidence of new or improved applications resulting from Landsat 8’s advanced capabilities., and the extension of time series and broad area analyses engendered by the enhanced temporal and geographic coverage afforded by Landsat 8 operations. Deadline for submission of abstracts for initial screening: January 23, 2015. Further information on EMWIS website


57- Call for abstracts for the 17th IWA International Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication - 13–18 SEPTEMBER 2015 | Berlin, Germany: The conference theme will focus on the different perspectives of research on diffuse pollution of aquatic systems, aiming the diffusing of knowledge throughout scientific and administrative borders. Deadline for abstracts submission: 28 February 2015. Further information on EMWIS website


58- Call for contributions to the UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2015: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs prepared a Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) in 2014 which drew upon inputs from a range of stakeholders, including the UN system and members of scientific communities across the world. The preparations for the next Global Sustainable Development Report, to be submitted to the third session of the HLPF in June 2015, are now underway. The present call aims to provide individual scientists and research institutions a unique opportunity to highlight issues, research findings or solutions – in the form of briefs - that they would like to bring to the attention of policy makers. One chapter of the Report will be dedicated to these contributions. The briefs should be less than 1,500 words. It should be factual and based on peer-reviewed literature. It is recommended to highlight a number of key messages from the current scientific debate for the attention of policy-makers. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2014. Further information on EMWIS website


59- Call for abstracts for the International conference: ILDAC2015 - ‘Integrated Land & Water Resources Management in the Dry Areas under Climate Change’ to be organized by the Arid Regions Institute (IRA) and its partners in Djerba, Tunisia next May 11-14th, 2015. Receipt of extended abstracts: December 31st, 2014. Further information on EMWIS website.


60- First Announcement and Call for Papers of the First International Congress GEOMATICS I SEE mapping and spatial analysis of Socio-Economic and Environmental Indicators (I SEE) for sustainable and regional development to be held in Tataouine (Tunisia) next 25-26 March 2015. It will be organized by: the Tunisian Association of Geomatics (ATG) and the Moroccan Association of Young Geomaticians (AMJG). This conference aims to make available to stakeholders in the regional development reliable and relevant data. January 10, 2015 is the deadline for registration and abstract submission. Further information on EMWIS website


61- UEA MSc Water Security & International Development - Applications now accepted: The Water Security Research Centre at the University of East Anglia is delighted to inform you that we’re now accepting applications for the September 2015 intake of the MSc in Water Security and International Development. Drawing upon the skills and experience of researchers in the Schools of International Development and Environmental Science, the 12-month Water Security and International Development MSc offers world-class education in water security policy and science in developing country contexts. Further information on EMWIS website


62- "Applications for MSc Water: Science and Governance": The Department of Geography, King’s College London is accepting applications for MSc Water: Science and Governance and scholarships are available to eligible candidates. A new scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year is being offered.  The department also offers bursaries to eligible applicants. Further information on EMWIS website


63- [2015/01/14 - 2015/01/15] 2 Days Training on Water Integrity: This course is one of the back-to-back activities that will be held during the 3rd Arab Water Week 2015 (Dead Sea, Jordan). Interested participants are required to register separately to attend this course. Course Deadline: 1 January 2015. Further information on EMWIS website


64- [2015/01/14 - 2015/01/15] 2 Days Training on Groundwater Modeling in Arid Regions: Back-to-back with the 3rd Arab Water Week 2015 (Dead Sea, Jordan). Interested participants are required to register separately to attend this course. Further information on EMWIS website

EVENTS (Full Agenda)

[2015/02/08 - 2015/02/10] The Second edition of the New Developments in IT & Water Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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[2015/02/03 - 2015/02/03] Seminar on Water and Climate: How should scientists and policy makers talk to act? Paris, France

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[2015/01/29 - 2015/01/29] International workshop Botín Foundation/Rosenberg International Forum on Managing drought and scarcity in semi-arid lands: the cases of California and Spain, Madrid, Spain

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[2015/01/28 - 2015/01/29] 16th Water Carrefour: Crossroads of local water management, Rennes, France

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[2015/01/26 - 2015/01/27] 2nd General demEAUmed Meeting, Nice, France
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[2015/01/21 - 2015/01/22] MEDSPRING 1st Meeting on Euro-Mediterranean Projects Dialogue to Enhance Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Barcelona, Spain
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[2015/01/20 - 2015/01/21] 5th Nano4water Cluster Workshop: “Recent Advances in Nanotechnology for Water Treatment“, Barcelona, Spain

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[2015/01/19 - 2015/01/22] Second technical visits of the MED-3R project in Nice and its monitoring committee, Nice, France
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[2015/01/15 - 2015/01/17] 2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action. Zaragoza, Spain

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[2015/01/14 - 2015/01/17] 4st Edition of SITeau - International Conference on: "Water, Industry and Green Economy", Casablanca, Morocco

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[2015/01/11 - 2015/01/15] The Third Arab Water Week: Innovations & Sustainable Solutions for the Water Sector in the Arab Region, Dead Sea, Jordan

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