New water programme for West Asia and Middle East launched

The World Conservation Union and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGCS) launch a new water programme for the West Asia and Middle East (WAME) region today. The three-year programme, aimed at assisting the region to adopt a systemic approach to freshwater management, will be administered by the IUCN WAME office and is funded by the Italian Government during the first year.

HE Gianfranco Giorgolo, Ambassador of Italy in Jordan, Dr Alfredo Guillet, DGCS’ IUCN Focal Point and Referee for the Environment at DGCS, and Dr Odeh Al Jayyousi IUCN WESCANA Regional Director signing the partnership agreement Photo: IUCN WAME

“Italy and the IUCN have built an efficient and solid strategic partnership since the early nineties. This particular initiative benefits of a substantial contribution, approximately 800,000 Euros, from the Italian government. It stands as another tangible demonstration of the importance that Italy attaches to an extensive cooperation with international organizations worldwide and to the water sector”, said HE Gianfranco Giorgolo, Italian Ambassador in Jordan.

“Today we open a new chapter in our longstanding partnership with DGCS. Throughout the past years, DGCS has supported IUCN WAME in many conservation projects and activities, and this new partnership will broaden our activities in water management in the whole region,” said Dr Odeh Al Jayyousi, Regional Director of the Union’s WESCANA Regional Office in Amman, Jordan.

The new water programme, entitled ‘Systemic Integration of Sectoral Networks for Sustainable Freshwater Management in West Asia and Middle East’, will cover the period from 2006 to 2008. It is funded by the Italian Government for the first year and aims at integrating the comprehensive development and conservation pursuits of the IUCN WAME Office, assisting the countries in the region to adopt a systemic approach to water management at policy, decision-making and field levels, emphasizing the integration among green, blue and brown aspects of water resources management and that of social, economic and ecological processes in target areas and aquifers.

The launching ceremony of the WAME Regional Water Programme in the IUCN WAME offices in Amman, , was attended by HE Gianfranco Giorgolo, Ambassador of Italy in Jordan, HE Khaled Irani, Minister of Environment of Jordan, Dr Alfredo Guillet, Referee for the Environment at DGCS, and some of the Union’s members and partners.

For more information contact Nadia Juhari, Water Programme Coordinator nadia.juhari@iucn.org or Dona Khanfour, Communications Coordinator dona.khanfour@iucn.org


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