Reality and implementation of transboundary water management

26 July 2010 | News story
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West Asia is one of the most water-stressed regions of the world. A number of countries in the region share transboundary water aquifers and rivers that may create enough reason for political conflict among those countries. Therefore, there is a vital need to develop regional strategies to manage those shared water resources, especially with the continuous increase in population growth and the resulting increase in demand for water.

In partnership with IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia, the UNESCO Amman Office has organized a training workshop entitled “Transboundary Water Management” that has started today under the patronage of Minister of Water and Irrigation HE Eng. Mohamed Al Najjar. The workshop is being held at the Movenpick Dead Sea Hotel between 25-29 July, 2010.

“Bridging the gap between water supply and demand will not be resolved without the access to our rights of shared water resources with neighboring countries and the establishment of strategic projects that will enhance the water supply and meet the needs of future populations and development requirements.” Said HE Eng. Saad Abu Hammour Secretary General of Jordan Valley Authority on behalf of Minister of Water and Irrigation.

“The development of a systemic integrated shared water management is an essential element to achieve comprehensive security, which includes water, food, energy and environment. A common dialogue based on knowledge and justice is imperative to achieve sustainable development in the region.” Said Dr. Odeh Al-Jayyousi, IUCN West Asia Regional Director.

“Around 40% of the world’s population lives in transboundary settings. This further creates more competition and conflict over shared water resources in these zones. When the management of shared water is handled with the right tools through cooperation, tolerance and mutual respect, it can pave a safe way towards sustainable and peaceful development.” Said Anna Paolini, Director of UNESCO Amman Office.
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Participants will be trained to apply different effective tools and participatory methodologies in shared water resources, such as the problem tree, stakeholder analysis, initial visioning and water resources, infrastructure, demand and access "RIDA". The workshop will shed light on global and regional success stories on transboundary water management. Twenty Jordanian and Syrian participants from different governmental and non governmental organizations are participating in this workshop.

Key points:
• Global and regional success stories on transboundary water management
• Case study from Jordan on transboundary water management
• Case study from Syria on transboundary water management
• Stakeholder analysis: a tool for transboundary water management
• Problem Tree: a tool for transboundary water management
• Legislations of transboundary water management
• Initial visioning: a tool for transboundary water management
• Water resources, infrastructure, demand and access "RIDA": a tool for transboundary water management

Spokespeople:
• HE Saad Abu Hammour, Secretary General of Jordan Valley Authority
• Anna Paolini, Director of UNESCO Amman Office
• Dr. Odeh Al Jayyousi, Regional Director, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Regional Office for West Asia

Media team:
Rania Faouri, Communications Officer, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia
Mobile +962 777888522, e-mail rania.faouri@iucn.org Website: www.iucn.org/westasia
 


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