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Event 4th MELIA Workshop: "Benchmarking Exercise & Recommendations on the Application of the Water Framework Directive"

The project "MELIA" aims at evaluating the methods for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Mediterranean countries, using the regulations of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) to harmonize water policies in the Mediterranean basin.

The objectives  of the MELIA are to:

·    build a knowledge base for planning IWRM, based on the integration of the widest possible contributions;

·    develop awareness on social, cultural, economic and technical issues related to water management at the Mediterranean scale;

·    propose participation mechanisms and prevention tools to avoid competition for the allocation of the resource between the regions and the various water users;

·    support sustainable water policies by provide the institutions with criteria accepted by a various stakeholders of the participating countries;

·    provide indicators to implement benchmarking of IWRM in the Mediterranean region;

·    facilitate the development of a common language to contribute to water-related negotiations.

These objectives  are achieved by creating a common knowledge base and encouraging dialogue among partners through interactive site and through organizing thematic workshops. The 4th workshop will be devoted to benchmarking exercise and recommendations on the application of the water framework directive.

The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/E) is the most substantial piece of water legislation ever produced by the European Commission, and will provide the major driver for achieving sustainable management of water in the Member States and non-EU countries implementing it for many years to come. It requires that all inland and coastal waters within defined river basin districts must reach at least good status by 2015 and defines how this should be achieved through the establishment of environmental objectives and ecological targets for surface waters. The result will be a healthy water environment achieved by taking due account of environmental, economic and social considerations.

The Directive is relevant to achieving and maintaining a clean and well-managed water environment, including lakes, reservoirs, rivers, wetlands, groundwater and estuaries and coastal waters - all typical components of a river basin. It will have an impact, to a greater or lesser extent, on a wide range of people and activities such as water consumers and recreational users, agriculture, industry and business activities.

Objectives of the workshop

The objective of this workshop to be held in Amman (Jordan) next 21-25 March 2010;  is going to be focused on enhancing cooperative discussion. In order to allow plenty of time for roundtable and practical working sessions, the country presentations will be limited to comparative studies. 

Themes of the Workshop

The workshop will address the following bullet topics :

·         Exploratory Benchmarking Exercise

o      Benchmarking definition: measurement of reference performance indicators by comparison from areas where a high degree of performance has been recognized.

o      Identification of targets and thresholds for the definition of a common list of performance indicators for benchmarking in the different Mediterranean countries.

o      Establishment of a benchmarking plan and schedule.

·         Recommendations on the application of the WFD

o      Main requirements of the WFD.

o      Problems and perspectives linked to the WFD implementation.

o      Experience and knowledge transfer in Mediterranean countries to develop recommendations.

The structure of the Workshop, to be presented at the beginning of the Workshop by the Work Package co-leader (P44-REMOC), will consist in a number of Key-Note lectures on the above bullet topics, and a few oral presentations on comparative studies on some national strategies and the Water Framework Directive. Participants will be divided into work groups on each topic, to further develop their areas of interest. Also, a discussion on the results of the three work groups will be carried out before the official closing of the Workshop.

Joint Activity with GEWAMED

Parallel to this workshop, the international conference of GEWAMED project entitled; "Integration of Gender Dimensions in Water Management"  will be organized. The opening session will be between GEWAMED conference and MELIA project which coincide also with celebration of the World Water Day.


Contact information Rafael Rodríguez, MELIA Project Coordinator / Prof. Muhammad Shatanawi, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan (email: ;
Phone: +962-6-5355000 ext. 22441, Fax :+962-6-5355578
Event type Seminar
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Source MELIA Project
Geographical coverage Jordan
Address Amman
Organizer EC; REMOC; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain; Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II of Agadir (IAV), Morocco ; Red Mediterránea de Organismos de Cuenca (REMOC), Spain; The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan ( FAUJ), Jordan
Target audience Regional
Period [21/03/2010 - 25/03/2010]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH