A regional workshop organized by the EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) - Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) provided participants from the Middle East and North Africa the opportunity to discuss climate impacts on water resources and identify no-regrets measures that could be incorporated into national integrated water resources management (IWRM) planning processes.
5 October 2012: The EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) – Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) conducted a regional training for local water managers on “Identification and Development of Climate Change No-Regret Actions in the Water Sector.”
Participants from North Africa and the Middle East examined climate change impacts on water resources and assessed risks to the environment and sustainable development. The regional workshop also presented information on risk management, including: addressing climate change risks through no-regrets actions; building climate resilience practices in water management; the role of economic instruments; bridging the capacity gap; strengthening the enabling environment; and mainstreaming no-regrets approaches into integrated water resources management (IWRM) frameworks.
The regional workshop included exercises on water scarcity and flooding and on identification of ways to integrate no-regrets measures into national IWRM planning. The workshop took place from 3-5 October 2012, in Amman, Jordan.
SWIM is a Regional Technical Assistance Programme launched by the European Commission to contribute to the extensive dissemination and effective implementation of sustainable water management policies and practices in the Southern Mediterranean Region. GWP Med is one the 13 Regional Water Partnerships of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) intergovernmental organization, representing the Mediterranean region. [EU SWIM-SM Workshop Report] [Workshop Website]