The road to the 4th Mediterranean Water Forum: Advancing on a regional strategy for action on water
April 30, 2020
The first steering committee, organised by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME) and the Energy and Water Agency of Malta, gathered online 27 water stakeholders last week to prepare key points of discussion for the 4th Mediterranean Water Forum, which is foreseen on 11-13 November 2020 in Malta. Water security will be an overarching theme during the event.
Participants agreed the Forum will provide a unique opportunity to highlight the region’s joint action in response to widespread water scarcity and the water management challenges posed by climate change. Amid the current pandemic, these efforts should contribute to economic development while preserving the nexus with public health and hygiene.
The meeting online, which saw the participation of IME’s president Alain Meyssonnier, UfM Secretary General, Nasser Kamel and UfM’s Deputy Secretary Isidro Gonzalez, highlighted the importance of water as an essential area of regional cooperation for its capacity to contribute to GDP, improve public health and hygiene, as well as drive job creation, three goals that will also be critical in the recovery after the COVID19 crisis.
Participants agreed to hold a second meeting of the steering committee early June to identify opportunities within the water sector to achieve its sustainability in the time of crisis.