FORUM PARTNER 2010: Water Governance in the MENA Region: Sharing Benefits, Costs and Responsibilities

The Partner Forum 2010 “Water Governance in the MENA Region: Sharing Benefits, Costs and Responsibilities” will take place in Tunis, Tunisia on the 31st of May 2010. The forum is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries of the Republic of Tunisia and organized by the Arab Water Council (AWC) and the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), with support from InWEnt Germany.

The AWC and the ACWUA, based in Cairo (Egypt) and Amman (Jordan) respectively, are both non-profit organisations, promoting regional water management techniques across the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa). Also, a focal point in the operation of these two organisations is the dissemination of knowledge between governmental organisations, NGOs and private firms, whose work is directly or indirectly linked to water supply and the sanitation industry.

InWEnt Capacity Building International, one of the main organisers of the forum, is based in Germany and operates on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2006, it has been supporting the AWC, the ACWUA and other organisations and stakeholders so as to reform the water policy sector in the MENA region.

Reforming the water policy sector has generally been achieved by strengthening cooperation and facilitating the exchange of information between all relevant sectors of the MENA region at a national and regional level. InWEnt International organises annual forums, called “Partner Fora”, as part of its comprehensive capacity building programme for good water governance in the wider MENA area.

Participants of the fora mainly come from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. These states are involved in water governance in the area of MENA in various levels, from high level representatives, policy makers, ministries and national authorities to senior government advisors and senior researchers. Other participants are water development experts, representatives of the private sector and non-governmental organisations and international cooperation partners.

The Forum will include scientific presentations, which will be supported by data presented in poster form, daily field trips with focus on water management and scarcity in the region of Tunisia and roundtables and workshops that will stimulate dialogue. The specific objectives of the 2010 Forum will be to (a) develop common cost/benefit assessments for different stakeholders and (b) identify and manage key implications and effects of sharing responsibilities, costs and benefits on water governance.

For more information you can download a copy of the Partner Forum Brochure