• Submitted by: Division for Sustainable Development (UNDESA)
  • Topic: Desertification, land degradation and drought
  • Keywords: Water Scarcity, Drought Management, Capacity Building
  • Location: Water-scarce and in transition settings countries in West Asia/North Africa (Five (5) pilot countries among Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco).
  • Date of completion: 31 Dec 2015
In Support of Rio+20 Future We Want
This initiative is in support of paragraph 209 of the Rio+20 outcome document, the Future We Want
Deliverables & Resources
Strengthening National Capacities to Manage Water Scarcity and Drought in West Asia and North Africa


The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), UNDP- Dry Lands Development Centre and World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Description/achievement of initiative

The projectís main objective is to strengthen the capacities of national planners, policy makers and stakeholders in water-scarce and in transition settings countries in West Asia/North Africa, and to enhance their effectiveness in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of pre-impact and preparedness drought management strategies.

Implementation methodologies

The project will start with a study that analyzes and maps existing knowledge and practices as well as identifies critical gaps in the area of pre-impact and preparedness drought management in water-scarce countries in transition settings in West Asia/North Africa. An expert advisory group meeting will be held to discuss the findings of the study, gather further information, assess experiences and provide directions to the project.

A project milestone will include selecting five (5) representative pilot countries in West Asia/North Africa. The countries to be selected need to demonstrate and express a high degree of interest by the national and local governments. They must also be representative of different water scarcity and drought challenges, regional social-economic and institutional characteristics and water conflict trends and causes as well as maintain an acceptable level of recovery and stability.

A national assessment and consultation mission to each of the candidate pilot countries will be conducted to build a project team and develop a pilot-country implementation plan in consultation with the partners and stakeholders. Following this stage, activities and actions will be taken to make simultaneous progress toward the project's two expected accomplishments.

Deliverable Date
Convene an expert advisory group meeting to discuss the findings of the analytical report, gather further information and assess experiences and status of methodologies for conflict-sensitive ex-ante drought management in countries in transition settings. 2013
Produce guidance notes package on conflict-sensitive ex-ante water scarcity and drought management for national planners, policy makers and stake-holders in countries in transition settings. 2013
Convene a West Asia/North Africa regional meeting with a view to sensitizing countries in transition settings to further incorporate ex-ante drought management plans in their climate change adaptation strategies. 2014
Conduct a training of trainersí workshop on conflict-sensitive ex-ante drought management plans for national planners, policy makers and stake-holders in each of the selected pilot countries. 2014
Type Details
Financing (in USD) $570,000
In-kind contribution From the project partners
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