Euromed: UfM launches new Mediterranean water action plan

22 May, 18:37

    (ANSAmed) - Madrid, 22 May - Improving governance and access for public and private associations and providing finance and investment in the water sector are among the initiatives being considered to improve water management in the Mediterranean.

    The initiatives are being considered by the Union for the Mediterranean, the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    The initiatives will be discussed at the first conference to be held on May 29-30 in Barcelona, headquarters of the UfM. The event will be opened by UfM secretary-general, Fathallah Sjilmassi, and is expected to include presentations from the water ministries of Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania and the Palestinian Territories.

    Around 100 representatives from the UfM's member countries as well as financial and academic institutions are expected to attend.

    The event will mark the official launching of the project ''Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector''.

    This regional project will be conducted over a period of three years and aims to identify and provide realistic solutions to the lack of basic elements of a sound governance framework in many Mediterranean countries, including absorption capacity at both national and local levels, for the mobilisation of financing for the Mediterranean water sector. It will build on earlier work jointly carried out by the GWP-Med and the OECD in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia.

    The Mediterranean region is actually lagging behind the UN Millenium Goal to provide adequate drinking water to every resident in the region.

    The impact of population growth, climate change and growing urbanisation has also increased the scarcity of drinking water.

    To improve supplies and availability, the Mediterranean countries need to attract important investments and develop stable policies to better manage resources.

    Six countries - Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan, Albania and Palestine - are participating in the first phase of the water project with an overall budget of 2.5 million euros.


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