Nexus Region 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.

Nexus News for the Middle East and North Africa Region — MENA

Governance

Nexus Blog // Workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation in the MENA Region in Beirut

On the 3rd and 4th March of 2020, a workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation in the MENA Region took place in Beirut, where the Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme (NDP)-MENA shared some of the experiences made with applying the WEF Nexus approach in the Niger Basin.

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Urban Nexus

Nexus Blog // Access to finance for WEF Nexus in the MENA Region

How can Nexus projects get better access to financial resources in the MENA region? During this Year’s Annual Meeting of the MENA Region Initiative as a Model of NEXUS Approach and Renewable Energy Technologies (MINARET), participants discussed and learned about an array of financing modalities available for municipalities. The meeting also included a workshop on financing options at decentralized scale.

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Nexus Interviews

Interview Series // تعريف ببرنامج حوار الترابط وبالأشخاص العاملين به

تهدف هذه السلسلة من اللقاءات إلى إلقاء الضوء على الأشخاص العاملين في برنامج حوار الترابط والتعرف على رؤاهم الخاصة حول التحديات والفرص المرتبطة بترابط المياه والطاقة والغذاء والنابعة من تجاربهم الشخصية. يعمل فريق الترابط في خمسة أقاليم هي: آسيا الوسطى، وأمريكا اللاتينية، والشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا، وحوض النيجر، وإفريقيا الجنوبية. ونحن هنا نقوم بطرح نفس الأسئلة الثلاثة في كل لقاء: ماذا يعني ترابط المياه والطاقة والغذاء بالنسبة لك؟ وكيف يمكن أن تشرحه بجملة واحدة؟ ما هي التحديات الرئيسية التي...

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Nexus Interviews

Interview Series //Introducing the Nexus Dialogue Programme and the People behind it

With this interview series, we aim to provide a better picture about the people working for the Nexus Dialogue Programme and their individual perspectives on WEF Nexus challenges and opportunities stemming from their personal experiences. The Nexus team is active in five regions: Central Asia, Latin America, MENA, Niger River Basin and Southern Africa. In doing so, we ask the three same questions within each interview: What does WEF Nexus mean to you and how would you describe it in one...

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Events on the Nexus in the Middle East and North Africa Region — MENA

Governance

Nexus Blog // Workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation in the MENA Region in Beirut

On the 3rd and 4th March of 2020, a workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation in the MENA Region took place in Beirut, where the Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme (NDP)-MENA shared some of the experiences made with applying the WEF Nexus approach in the Niger Basin.

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Urban Nexus

Nexus Blog // Access to finance for WEF Nexus in the MENA Region

How can Nexus projects get better access to financial resources in the MENA region? During this Year’s Annual Meeting of the MENA Region Initiative as a Model of NEXUS Approach and Renewable Energy Technologies (MINARET), participants discussed and learned about an array of financing modalities available for municipalities. The meeting also included a workshop on financing options at decentralized scale.

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Capacity Building

Nexus Workshop // Integration of Water and Agriculture Sectors: Concepts and Applications

The Nexus Regional Dialogues Program-MENA and the Arab Organization for Agricultural development (AOAD) organized a Nexus Workshop on the integration of water and agriculture sectors in Cairo, Egypt, on the 22nd - 23rd of December 2019.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Nexus Regional Dialogue MENA // Benefits, Risks, Policy Options and Innovative Financing Models of SPIS

More than 40 experts from Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Sudan and Yemen convened on the 8th and 9th December in Cairo for the regional dialogue “Solar Powered Irrigation Systems in the Arab Region: Benefits, Risks and Policy Options”, organized by the Nexus Regional Dialogue (NRD)- MENA, FAO, the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) and the League of Arab States (LAS).

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Research

Publication // Can the Implementation of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Support Economic Growth in the Mediterranean Region? The Current Status and the Way Forward

By Markantonis, V., Arnaud, R., Karabulut, A., El Hajj, R., Altinbilek, D., Awad, I., ... & Matoussi, M. S. (2019). This policy note paper aims to address the issue of how implementation of the WEF Nexus can support economic growth in the Mediterranean region.

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Capacity Building

Nexus Workshop // Integration of Water and Agriculture Sectors: Concepts and Applications

The Nexus Regional Dialogues Program-MENA and the Arab Organization for Agricultural development (AOAD) organized a Nexus Workshop on the integration of water and agriculture sectors in Cairo, Egypt, on the 22nd - 23rd of December 2019.

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Events

Nexus Virtual Forum // Solar Powered Irrigation Systems: Opportunities and Challenges

The event revealed how the WEF Nexus approach sheds light on the challenges and opportunities for a sustainable usage of SPIS and how it can help to mitigate the risks of overexploitation of water resources. Four panelists shared their experiences and lessons learned from SPIS implementation in Tunisia and Chile and presented the GIZ SPIS Toolbox to 30 participants from various countries and organizations in the region.

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Governance

Étude Nexus Tunisie // Evaluation Nexus Interdépendances des secteurs de l’eau, de l’énergie et de l’alimentation en Tunisie

This study elaborates an assessment of the WEF Nexus for Tunisia, applying and adjusting already existing Nexus methodologies to the Tunisian context and its priorities. In this assessment the most relevant linkages, trade-offs, possible synergies and opportunities that are of special interest for Tunisia are identified and thus give a first assessment of the existing or potential Nexus response options (political, administrative or technical). The study is published in French with an executive...

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