WATER SUM – Water, Growth and Stability Initiative

The WATER SUM project addresses water-related challenges and promotes regional cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa through two project components: Water Resources Management Good Practices and Knowledge Transfer (WATER POrT); and Water Security in Local Communities (WaSe).

The Water, Growth and Stability Initiative (WGSini) – launched in April 2016 as a result of the WATER SUM project – is a framework for the creation of a knowledge-based platform; a dynamic network of water experts; and an e-learning tool for capacity building and the dissemination of lessons learned.

The initiative has ambitious goals in the MENA region, like supporting stakeholders in advancing water management and identifying viable tools and solutions. It also focuses on stimulating a more sustainable use of the region’s water resources and a long-term approach to climate change adaptation.

The comprehensive regional strategy was developed by the Regional Environmental Center (REC) with the support of the Government of Sweden (Sida) to enhance regional solutions in the MENA but also to contribute to the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The activities are implemented by the cooperation of local, national and regional stakeholders from Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt.

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