As part of the 8e phase of UNESCO’s intergovernmental hydrological program and to support the implementation of the Arab Strategy of the Arab Ministerial Council for Water Security, a virtual regional workshop on groundwater governance in the Arab region was launched on morning of Monday 24 May 2021. The workshop is organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences in the Arab States within
The workshop aims to identify the means and requirements to achieve the global vision (2030) of groundwater governance as developed by the groundwater governance project, which has been implemented by a number of agencies. United Nations between 2011 and 2016. The project included a series of consultations and regional and international studies.
Participants in the current workshop will familiarize themselves with the elements of the global framework to achieve the vision of groundwater governance to facilitate the adoption of appropriate recommendations and guidelines for Arab States. The objective is to support the achievement of a sustainable management of groundwater according to methods which take into account the complementarity and coherence between sectoral and national development policies. These guidelines cover legal and regulatory institutional frameworks, technical and knowledge frameworks, and those relating to the structuring of policies, financing and incentives in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Arab regional diagnostic study conducted under the Groundwater Governance Project indicated that Arab states face many challenges for effective groundwater management. Most important are the lack of accountability, transparency and adequate stakeholder participation, and the lack of political will among decision makers to enforce existing water laws. The training workshop will present ways to address this, including by laying the foundations of governance, building effective institutions, establishing the necessary links between groundwater and other sectors, and developing a planning mechanism. and management through an integrated management approach, including financing and incentives for the sustainability of these resources.
95 professionals and experts from ministries and agencies concerned with the management of water resources and Arab agriculture representing 15 Arab States (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria , Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) participated in the first training session The training will continue over four training sessions on May 24, 25, 26, 27, 2021, for two hours per day. Subsequently, the trainees will prepare action plans to activate groundwater governance, which will be reviewed and discussed during the last session, which will be held on June 3, 2021.