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News EC Delegation to Jordan presents the outputs of MEDA Water programme at the 5th WWF

In the lobby of the Atlantic Ocean Auditorium, the main conference hall of the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul from 16 to 21 March 2009 promotional stands have been dedicated to the Euro-Mediterranean regional programmes; MEDA Water Programme; Euro-Med Information System on Know-how in the Water Sector (EMWIS) and the Mediterranean component of the EU Water Initiative, which implementation is supported by the European Commission Delegation to Jordan.

In the Euro- Mediterranean Regional Programme for Local Water Management - MEDA Water programme, 9 different consortia grouping EU and Mediterranean non-profit organisations (NGOs, Universities and Government  Agencies) received grants up to € 5 million for the implementation of measures related to enhance local water management.

Regional and sub-regional cooperation networks have been developed by the implementing  partners and the beneficiary communities, which had opportunities to work together on water issues of common concern. The programme activities contributed to increased capacity of the local communities and institutions to solve their water related problems, and to empowering of water users in rural and peri-urban areas. Successes can be reported in many fields. Farmers increasingly manage their water resources themselves; villages now plan improvement of water availability and its use, and negotiate their investment needs with local, regional and national authorities; wastewater reuse is becoming more accepted through clear guidelines and pilot projects.

Extensive academic exchanges and capacity building have taken place and innovative technological solutions to water problems have been developed in partnership and successfully implemented in numerous pilot installations throughout the region, in addition to new institutional and organizational innovations and creation of awareness.

The Euro- Mediterranean Regional Programme for Local Water Management - MEDA Water programme has worked in a number of fields, such as improvement of wastewater management and the reuse of wastewater in irrigation, the decentralization of water supply and sanitation, application of small scale affordable solutions, the involvement of water users in decision making, the improvement of water use efficiency in irrigation, the mitigation of effects of droughts and the reclamation of brackish water resources by decentralized desalination. Drought Management Guidelines have been developed with the support of authorities in Morocco and Tunisia. They have been tested in various countries and disseminated in all southern and eastern Mediterranean countries.

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The projects will have their own corner in the Mediterranean Stand (Sutluce Congress Center, stand Number 101) and one of the MEDA Water Programme projects (Zer0-M) will be also presented in the stand of the Marmara Research Centre in the exhibition hall.

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RMSU

Contact information Gert SOER, Regional Monitoring and Support Unit (RMSU): P.O. Box 941545, 11194 Amman, Jordan / Giuseppe VASQUES, Regional Communication Officer, Delegation of the European Commission to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of Yemen - Address : Al-Ameerah Basma Street - North Abdoun, Amman - Postal address : P.O. Box 852099 - 11185 Amman, Jordan (email: gsoer@medawater-rmsu.org ; Giuseppe.Vasques@ec.europa.eu )
Phone: + 962 79 9809337 / +962- 6-4607000, (Ext. 271) ; Fax: +962-6-4607001
News type Inbrief
File link http://www.worldwaterforum5.org
File link local Fact-sheet-Water-Istanbul.pdf (application/x-octetstream, 404 Kb)
Source of information Delegation of the European Commission to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Keyword(s) EU-MEDA-Water
Subject(s) AGRICULTURE , DRINKING WATER , DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION : COMMON PROCESSES OF PURIFICATION AND TREATMENT , HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , INFORMATION - COMPUTER SCIENCES , INFRASTRUCTURES , MEASUREMENTS AND INSTRUMENTATION , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID , NATURAL MEDIUM , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT , PREVENTION AND NUISANCES POLLUTION , RIGHT , RISKS AND CLIMATOLOGY , SANITATION -STRICT PURIFICATION PROCESSES , WATER DEMAND , WATER QUALITY
Relation http://www.semide.org/initiatives/medaeau
Geographical coverage Turkey,
News date 18/03/2009
Working language(s) ENGLISH
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