On 22, 23 and 24th January 2018, Felice Longobardi Head of AICS Cairo, along with AICS technical experts attended the 3th Mediterranean Water Forum, a regional event that brings together the main stakeholders in the Mediterranean Water Community and held in Cairo under the theme” Water sharing & cooperation: Future for the Mediterranean”.

The event is organized by the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME) and the secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) with the support of the National Water Research Center from Egypt. The forum is being held within the framework of the Mediterranean preparatory process for the 8th World Water Forum which will be hosted by Brazil from 18 to 23 March 2018.

This forum has the mission of mobilizing the water community around the Mediterranean Focusing on the geo-political, geo-environmental and geo-economics agenda related to water aspects directly and indirectly, in order to achieve regional integrations and making water on the highest political agenda at global, regional and a national level

During the forum, many aspects linked with the Thematic Framework of the 8th World Water Forum were discussed through 3 main panels: (i) Climate: Water resources and climate changes impact, its adaptation and mitigation;(ii) Cooperation: how water resources could be source of cooperation rather than conflict, (iii) Water Challenges and available opportunities: sharing the water challenges and current opportunities towards facing these challenges.

Through 6 working groups, participants has discussed, shared information and proposed solutions for the following common interesting topics:

  • Water: and climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • People: Integrated sanitation for all;
  • Development: Water/Energy/Food/Ecosystems Nexus;
  • Urban: Water Treatment and reuse technologies;
  • Ecosystems: Managing and restoring for water services and biodiversity;
  • Finance: Finance for sustainable development.

During the days of the Forum, five side events were held to discuss: cooperation with African countries; challenges facing the water sector in Mediterranean and Arab countries; ways to cope with climate change in the Delta region; effects of dams on small societies and Water morals and water media issues. At the end of the forum, water practitioners, academics and water authorities from the represented Mediterranean Countries shared their affords in: (i) exchanging experience and knowledge on water scarcity and climate change; (ii) cooperation on mitigating climate changes, (iii) exchange information and cooperation for better management of water resources and water reuse,; (iv) attract more investments in the water treatment sector and desalinization ; (v) managing trans boundary water resource as a source of cooperation and not conflict; (vi) increase access to safe potable water and integrated sanitation for all.