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A Participatory Approach to Water Management: A Case from the Arab Region

IUCN ROWA in collaburation with project partners are holding a Side Event at the World Water Week in Stockholm next week.  

The side event will share and disseminate the accumulative experiences of the IUCN ROWA's collective projects in the Arab Region. It will focus on and show case how a participatory approach is needed to achieve better resilience, water and energy management.

The event will also connect the newly created Regional Knowledge Network on Water (RKNOW) that assists in strengthening the application of systematic approaches to water management and aims to influence the policy and decision making processes as a means to enhance good governance in the water sector.

Join us for light lunch on the Monday, 1st Septmeber 2014 between 12:45 - 13:45 in Room K11 and know more.

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MENA Nexus Seminar: Regional Cooperation for Sharing Solutions

Monday 1st September 2014 

Room K11 14:00 - 17:30 

This seminar explores a nexus approach to sustain water, food and energy security for the Arab States under the influence of climate change. Different from previous integrated approaches, the nexus approach starts from a balanced cross-sectoral perspective considering the biophysical, economic and institutional dimensions of natural resource management, analysing the ‘flow’ of these resources through different sectors, and detects entry points for reducing inefficiencies and exploiting synergies between sectors. As such the nexus approach can inform cross-sectoral policy and decision making.
In the Arab States, such a nexus approach is particularly relevant due to an already severe scarcity of arable land and water, exacerbated by population growth, environmental degradation, and the impacts of climate change. However, these countries have an abundant renewable energy potential, in particular with regard to solar power. Energy demand in the region is rapidly increasing, driven by the rising water demand of households, industry and agriculture which is met by more desalinization and pumping deeper groundwater.
This seminar will address the role of renewable energies within the water-food-energy nexus and how they can contribute to easing the resource squeeze. It will present and discuss the new nexus initiative for the Arab States and its communication platform.

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Mitigation and Adaptation Measures for Climate Change: How to Converge over Energy and Water

 Wednesday 3rd September 2014 

Room T6 9:00 - 5:30 

How do we effectively co-manage energy and water resources under a changing climate? Energy production and use accounts for almost 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Water is embedded in most forms of energy generation, while energy is essential for water extraction, distribution and treatment. As many climate adaptation approaches focus on water management strategies, climate mitigation and adaptation measures have the potential to conflict over water. Can they also cooperate and synergize?

Climate change mitigation and adaptation involves actors that so far have found little reason to interact - yet water is the medium that connects them. There is a need for better coherence in policies and practices to address both mitigation of climate change and adaptation to its impacts. Understanding the interactions between energy and water and the drivers for policy choices within these sectors will lead toward integrated strategies for decision-making and action to address climate change.

This workshop will investigate how to coherently balance climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies through the interface of energy and water. Key issues will be highlighted over science, policy and business opportunities. The workshop will culminate with a roundtable discussion among different actors to chart the way forward.

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