Middle East and North Africa Region — MENA

The Middle East and North Africa Region, in short MENA, stretches over 6,000 km from Morocco in the West to Iran in the East. Despite significant subregional difference, the entire area is faced with similar challenges. All MENA countries have to cope with a water deficit, while they strive to achieve a self-sustaining agriculture at the same time. Energy production in the region still strongly relies on fossil fuels, even though there is a high potential for renewable energies. Institutions and administration are dominated by sectoral thinking, but bridging approaches are developing.

Resources

Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

World Future Energy Summit 2019

WFES is a global industry platform connecting business and innovation in energy, clean technology and efficiency for a sustainable future. Acting as an enabler for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, WFES inspires the transfer of ideas, technology and investment across borders and between the public and private sectors worldwide. The WFES brand brings together specialist exhibitors, technologies, speakers and insights covering Energy and Efficiency, Water, Solar, Mobility, Waste and Green Buildings.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (logo)
Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Event // MENA Focus - Benefits for Ecosystems and Wetlands through the Nexus

In the Mediterranean, wetlands are among its richest ecosystems, providing exceptional value and services including water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. However, they are also among its most threatened ecosystems with more than half having disappeared during the 20th century, and most of the rest under degradation or artificialization, mainly through water over-abstraction, urban development and tourism expansion, pollution and drainage.

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Policy

Nexus in MENA // Iraq Energy Institute Launches Task Force on the Future of Iraq's Water Resources

The Iraq Energy Institute (IEI) formed a task force on the future of Iraq’s water resources. The initiative was a result of a workshop entitled “Towards Sustainable Water Resources Management in Iraq” that was held in partnership with Al-Kindi Society of Engineers at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management in London on 30 June 2018.

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Jobs

Job Vacancy // Communication Coordinator for Gulf Region at the Dutch Consulate General in Dubai

The Dutch Consulate General in Dubai is looking for a part-time communication coordinator. This colleague will work on implementing a multi-year regional communication strategy, including communication for Dutch participation in the Dubai EXPO 2020. Under the name of 'Dutch Connection in the Gulf - Uniting Water Energy Food', the regional strategy will be implemented across the Gulf. Deadline 31 July 2018.

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Policy Papers

Nexus in MENA // Mainstreaming the Nexus Approach in Water, Food and Energy Policies in the MENA Region

By Hussein Abaza. There are close linkages between water, food and energy. Policies for the three sectors need to be designed in a coordinated and integrated manner. An integrated Nexus approach should therefore be adopted in order to ensure complementarities and synergies between the three sectors. This will support government efforts in the MENA region to follow a sustainable green path.

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News

Nexus in MENA // Nexus Session at the 3rd Arab Water Conference in Kuwait, 2-3 May, 2018

The Third Arab Water Conference in Kuwait included a working session on the water-energy-food (WEF) Nexus that convened on 3 May 2018. The conference was held alongside the 10th meeting of the Arab Ministerial Council for Water, led by the League of Arab States (LAS), and focused on the theme of “Arab Integration in Water Resources Management.”

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Water-Energy-Food-Climate Change Nexus in The Arab Cities // The Case of Amman City, Jordan

By: Maha Al-Zu'bi. The primary objective of this research is to propose an integrated climate policy framework for Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) by conceptualising ways in which the water–energy–food (WEF) nexus approach might help to achieve that objective. The research adopted a case study method using mixed techniques (interviews, ethnography, and survey) to consider various contextual factors (e.g., Arab region, Jordan, and Jabal Al Natheef community in Amman city). Data was examined from...

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Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

First Palestine International Water Forum 2018 // Integrated Water Resources Management: Best Practices and Technology Transfer

The focus of the First Palestine International Water Forum is to present real-world experiences in IWRM, to discuss "lessons learnt" and explore innovative perspectives beyond current IWRM practices. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus is one of the topics of the event.

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Media

وزارة الخارجية والتعاون الدولي // دولة الإمارات تشارك في اجتماع المجلس الوزاري العربي للمياه بالكويت

ترأس سعادة الدكتور مطر حامد النيادي وكيل وزارة الطاقة والصناعة وفد الدولة المشارك في اجتماع الدورة العاشرة للمجلس الوزاري العربي للمياه بدولة الكويت الشقيقة. وتم خلال الاجتماع مناقشه الخطة التنفيذية لاستراتيجية الأمن المائي في المنطقة العربية لمواجهة التحديات والمتطلبات المستقبلية للتنمية المستدامة واستعراض جهود الدول العربية بشأن استدامة موارد المياه وحمايتها من الاستغلال المفرط والتلوث. كما تم التركيز على أهمية الترابط بين المياه والطاقة والغذاء وضرورة تحقيق التوازن بينها.

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Media

UAE Ministry of Energy & Industry // UAE takes part in meeting of Arab Ministerial Water Council in Kuwait

Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, presided over the participating UAE delegation at the 10th session of the Arab Ministerial Water Council in Kuwait. They drew attention to the importance of the interrelationship between water, energy and food and the need to achieve balance among them.

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