A training workshop was organized to contribute developing the capacity of PCs to undertake immediate precautionary measures towards the adaptation of the water sector to climate change.
Participants in the workshop, included government officials, water resources practitioners, environmentalists, planners and other stakeholders from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.
Journalists from the same countries have been invited to the workshop and to a media information event organized back-to-back, with the aim to know more about how their country could prepare to face the possible challenges of climate change on their water resources and to possibly contribute to this by informing the public through their media.
The training addressed effective concepts and mechanisms in place to face potential negative impacts of climate change and for planning and implementing no-regret climate resilient options in the water sector, i.e. actions that are likely to protect from climate change irrespectively if this would vary and to what extent.
It was structured around the following topics:
- Risk identification of climate change impacts on water resources in the Southern Mediterranean Region
- Assessment of climate change risks on environment and development
- Management of risks through different types of instruments and interventions, such as no-regrets actions, building climate resilience practices in water management, strengthening the enabling environment and mainstreaming no-regret strategies into IWRM frameworks
- Risk Communication to enhance public awareness and support
The workshop contributed to:
1) Raising the awareness of the participants on the potential impacts of climate change on water resources in the region, its socio-economic and environmental consequences,
2) Increasing their understanding on the degree of vulnerability particularly to increasing drought and flood events,
3) Making the case for adopting the no-regret actions approach as the appropriate and immediate means for the water sector to adapt to climate change,
4) Introducing appropriate approaches for planning, strategizing and developing no-regret actions measures, plans and policies, with a special focus on drought and flood management-
5) Reviewing capacity, political commitments and measures needed for the creation of an enabling environment for the implementation of no-regret actions including institutional, legislative and financial needs
6) Identifying and discussing appropriate approach and practices for mainstreaming no-regret actions into IWRM policy frameworks
7) Identifying the optimal communication and public participation strategies to enhance the role of communities in designing and implementing no-regret water management measures.
A document with guidelines for mainstreaming no regret actions in IWRM policies, programs and projects at regional level has also been produced in the framework of SWIM-SM activities and assisted with the conception of the training workshop.