Union for the Mediterranean and Institut Méditerranéen de l’Eau organise first brainstorming session on water and sanitation during Covid-19 pandemic
April 20, 2020
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Institut Méditerranéen de l’Eau (IME) have met online for the first brainstorming session on the water, sanitation and COVID19, along with 25 partners and experts from Lebanon, Spain, France, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. This is the first of a series of meetings to exchange views on the water emergency response to the pandemic as well as to give policy recommendations on how to move forward.
The UfM concluded that two distinct phases in any water response to the COVID-19 crisis are needed:
· First, the emergency response phase: Access to safe water is paramount to successfully fight the coronavirus. Ensure that water and sanitation systems in the Mediterranean continue to operate at high standards in order to provide safe water is key.
· Second, the recovery phase: The broader water sector will be called to play a key part in the economic recovery of UfM Member States. Water (in a wider sense, including coastal waters) is a key component of the productive systems – from agriculture, to energy production, to industrial production, to transport, to tourism.
IME and UfM will organise a second meeting on 27 April 2020 to extend the question to the Eastern Mediterranean Members.