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News Seventh Water Expert Group (WEG) Meeting, Barcelona 19-20 Jully

Seventh Water Expert Group (WEG) Meeting was held in Barcelona on 19- 20 July 2017. This WEG meeting was the first meeting convened after the approval of the UfM Ministerial Declaration on Water last 27th April in Malta. 

During the meeting, it was agreed that there is a need for adequate data to design informed policies as well as a priority to finance ongoing projects. In this context, SEMIDE presented the "Mediterranean water knowledge platform" as a project that obtained  the label of  the UfM since 2014. The Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform aims to strengthen the capacities of Mediterranean basin countries to produce valuable data on the status of water resources and their uses to optimize planning and water management in the context of climate change.  Representative of Mediterranean countries (Egypt, France, Lebanon, Mauritania Tunisia) confirmed that data  is a priority at national and regional levels  to deal with water scarcity and improve the research sector.

Also, Water Experts agreed that the priority work areas to develop as part of the UfM water growth are:

-          Water energy food, Ecosystem nexus                                                                         

-          Water supply and sanitation climate change adaptation and water

-          Water employment and migration

-          Water governance and financing as a horizontal activity

These work areas will be developed by the joint work of willing members states, co-chairs and the Ufm Secretariat with support from its partners including international organization, regional organization, civil society as well as donor community and international finding institutions.

 A specific policy discussion was held on the WEFE nexus, counting on contributions from international partners. Comments and suggestions emerging from the discussion will feed the drafting of the work progress on the agreed area.

Specific presentations were given by the WB, EIB, EBRD who presented their views on elements to consider for the work on the financial strategy.  This was followed by discussion from the countries /EU and a presentation from the Ufm on the financial strategy concept note. 


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Source of information SEMIDE
Keyword(s) MWKP
Geographical coverage Spain,
News date 25/07/2017
Working language(s) ENGLISH