WADIS MAR Interregional Workshop -Tunis 22nd March 2016 - Reccomandations
On March 22nd, on the occasion of the World Water day, the Desertification Research Centre (NRD-UNISS) and the Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS), in collaboration with DesertNet International (DNI) and supported by Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), organized the WADIS MAR Interregional Workshop on good practices for sustainable water resources management in arid and semi-arid Regions in Tunis. The workshop aimed at showing to the national and international authorities the effective implementation of projects in the field of sustainable water management taking into account the technical scientific results achieved by the SWIM DEMO projects besides other success stories carried out in arid and semi-arid environments by relevant institutions involved in water management.
The event brought together about 50 officials, technicians and researchers from high level Tunisian, Algerian and neighboring Mediterranean countries authorities, local ministry and delegate Agencies (e.g. BPEH, DGRE, CRDA, DSA), Water Management Institutions in SWIM countries, besides international stakeholders such as SWIM Support Mechanism, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and other associations
The results achieved by the different projects showed that water resources management, given its complexity, requires sustainable interdisciplinary approaches that should take into account the nexus between environment, society and economy and involve different actors and stakeholders., Further research should be carried out to provide policy makers with more scientific results to define future action plans and appropriate local strategies to improve water management in arid areas and the governance of vulnerable ecosystems in front of Climate Change.
The Recommendations from the Interregional Workshop are:
- take advantage of lessons learnt during the implementation of the DEMO SWIM projects and the other success stories;
- promote the establishment of partnerships between institutions involved in water management and Universities and Research Centres;
- always introduce educational actions (e.g. master, PhD courses) as accompanying measures of projects;
- focus on policies that take into account social and economic constraints;
- frame good practices within an institutional and regulatory system;
- consider people as human capital. People working in water-related sectors should become an asset and their jobs have to be recognized as stated in the core message of the World Water Day 2016 WATER/JOB.