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  • Submitted by: Italy
  • Topic: Water and sanitation
  • Keywords: Water and Sanitation, Ecosystem Management, Capacity Network
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  • Date of completion: 2008-01-01
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
Systemic integration of networks for sustainable freshwater management at West/Central Asia and North Africa (WESCANA) national and regional levels

Partner(s)

Governments:
Government of Italy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS)
Government of Jordan
Government Envt, Water, Agri, Public Health Min -24 countries

Major Groups:
Conservation and development NGOs ()
Hydroaid ()
Related to water supplies for drinking & other use ()
WESCANA Water Programme Centre ()
various ()

Other intergovernmental organizations:
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) (Switzerland)

Other:
The University of Venice (Italy)

Description/achievement of initiative

This partnership reflects the spirit and supports the endeavours of the EU Water Initiative. It aims at contributing to sustainable, ecosystem-based freshwater management on the basis of an integrated, systemic approach linking two of the core development components related to water. The first component, water resource, refers to aspects such as water supply and storage, and their related technologies, institutional and policy frameworks and networks (e.g. on the development of dams, embankments, irrigation, schemes, etc.). The second component, water quality, pertaining to the maintenance of the freshwater ecological balance, biodioversity, and environmental and human health, etc, and related institutions, policies and networks (e.g. on land use planning, pollution control, biological requalification including biological and chemical monitoring and treatment, etc). The project will contribute to facilitating effective and informed policy and decision-making on integrated freshwater management by supporting the above interlinking through the creation of a strong regional systemic network of networks of national excellence and expertise. Further, this initiativ
Expected results include:
* Regional Water Programme Centre Jordan consolidated as focal point for the regional network of networks of sustainable water management expertise;
* Capacity of network partners built with the support of the Regional Water Programme Centre (including access to on-line information as well as regional training and monitoring), in propping up national systemic planning and management processes and, in turn, providing services to the partner countries of WESCANA;
* Institutional set-ups and legislative foundations analysed and synthesised as a basis for the development of sustainable water management policy in the WESCANA;
* Water conservation and sustainable use techniques inventorised, classified and analysed against sustainable, integrative water management;
* A number of pilot planning and management action implemented, jointly and/or in coordination, by two or more partner countries on transboundary/regionally shared management problems and/or development potentials, such as in water catchments/watersheds, groundwater basins, etc.e will support the implementation of partnership pilot planning and management action at transboundary/regional level.

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