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Planning for Climate Change & Water Management in the MENA region

Adapting and mitigating to climate change impacts are now recognized as major challenges for the world’s community. In our region; and despite the physical changes easily noticed by anyone, knowledge and better understanding on the climate systems are needed.

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The Toolkit

The aim of the toolkit is to provide guidance and recommendations on how to develop climate change resilient strategies and plans at national, sub-national and local levels. The scope, however, is more specifically to delineate and share the participatory methodologies and approaches tested by the project partners to integrate climate change risks into local and national plans, policies and strategies in the region. More importantly, the toolkit will describe the main challenges that faced the development and adaptation of such plans and recommends practical means to address them.
Effectively, this Toolkit aspires to support all those involved in the design of measurable, verifiable, and reportable resilience initiatives in the four
major sectors of Agriculture, Water, Ecological and Social by providing step-by-step guidance on the process. As such, it seeks to answer the following

What are the basic participatory steps in assessing climate risks and vulnerable systems and developing adaptation options?

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policy brief

The Policy Brief

 It is the purpose of this policy brief to stress the importance of resilience in climate change policies and to outline policy recommendations that aim at incorporation of community based resilience building into national, regional
and local level climate change, development and natural resource management policies.
In recognizing that climate change is just one among many factors that can cause lack of resilience, fieldwork demonstrations have provided practical tools for using this theoretical concept to integrate climate change adaptation not only in national strategies but also in the strategies and plans at local and watershed levels. The concept of resilience is made more concrete through watershed level application and by addressing the different components that shape it.

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Watch it

Six videos that describe our success in the region: 

> SEARCH in Palestine
> SEARCH in Jordan
> SEARCH in Lebanon
> SEARCH in Morocco
> SEARCH in Egypt
> SEARCH in the Region


Want to know more about the project in each country?

> Fact Sheet for Jordan
> Fact Sheet for Egypt
> Fact Sheet for Palestine
> Fact Sheet for Morocco
> Fact Sheet Lebanon
Demonstration Projects


The HSBC Bank in Jordan is committed to support local community water and energy initiatives designed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA). Consequently, HSBC funded a project in the Zarqa River Basin aiming to introduce environmentally friendly best practices that target SEARCH communities. These sustainable approaches will help increase water and energy usage efficiency and therefore limit agriculture loss.

> Energy Saving Manual دليل ترشيد الطاقة
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HSBC funded project
Awareness Workshop


In Egypt, pilot projects were conducted in SEARCH chosen communities based in Minya and Beni Suef. Projects aimed at the rehabilitation and maintenance of sewage systems, raising awarness about climate change, plantation of economic trees, recycling agricultural waste, water saving irrigation systems and finally women empowerment.

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Based on the clusters and the strategies developed through the SEARCH project processes in Lebanon, several actions dealing with the different aspects were suggested and prioritized upon specific objective criteria. Projects proposed for the pilot action phase of the SEARCH project were agreed upon and consolidated by the national and local stakeholders based on participatory approaches (workshops, focus groups…). The suggested projects also reflect the results of the vulnerability assessment to increase resilience of local target groups in the face of climate change. 

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Rehabilitation of a water tank
buidling wells

Occupied Palestinian Territories

 As a result of the joint planning process in Marj Sanour, water harvesting projects were suggested by the stakeholders. These projects mainly focus on harvesting rain and flood water in pools, cisterns, dams, and reservoirs.

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 During the SEARCH project, several actions dealing with the different aspects were prioritized and thereafter projects were proposed for the pilot action phase of the SEARCH project concentrating on aromatic and medicinal plants and constructing water catchments.

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Water catchments

“This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of The International Union for Conservation of Nature - Regional Office for West Asia and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.”