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Towards Developing a SEMED Water Knowledge Platform Mediterranean Water Development Outlook

This report will shed light on how these water use practices alter from one country to another based on climatic, financial, political and geographical factors.

This desk study aims to provide an overview of the key water use practices, socio-economic influence of water, threats, and challenges related to water in selected Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) countries, hereafter referred to as: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. This report aims to examine these components by mapping the most relevant water use practices in each country, particularly in agriculture, as this sector represents the largest share of water demand in most of the SEMED countries in this study. These water use practices mainly consist of improving irrigation efficiency through the use of modernized irrigation techniques and conserving available water resources by switching to the use of non-conventional water such as desalinated water and treated wastewater.

“STATE OF THE ART” report for wash thematic priority within UFM water agenda.

The main objectives of the SoA report are to provide a brief overview of the current state of WASH services in the UfM region, it also identifies strengths and weaknesses, priority areas for the WASH sector in the MENA region highlighted for information and knowledge sharing (i.e., technology, governance and economic aspects, best practices, and case studies). In addition, this report provides an assessment of the conditions and aspects of sanitation in the UfM region. With the development of a policy chapter highlighting the different approaches to WASH policy, regulation and implementation. In addition, an overview of innovative solutions worldwide in the WASH sector and those that can be applied in the region to support the UfM WASH Task Force linking the findings of the report with the objectives of the UfM Financial Strategy in the Mediterranean region.

Policy paper: Fires in the oases of Daraa Tafilalet.

Written by Meriem Oughalouch, Abdellah Akabli and Ali Ait Youssef.

In recent years, however, the production of dates -due to fires- has decreased significantly, from 85% to 60% of national production, according to the regional directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture. Given the exacerbation of the phenomenon of drought and high temperatures, especially during the summer phase, and this is due to the consequences of climate change, the oasis in general and in the region of Draa Tafilalet in particular, is facing the problem of fires.

Policy paper: Black dust in Kenitra.

Written by Mourad Faraj.

For many years, Quneitra has been experiencing a black dust crisis that spreads during the night or early morning. Unfortunately, the population is not able to prove the source of this phenomenon due to the lack of scientific data to prove it, but residents doubt that it is probably a power plant that emits toxic and unfiltered emissions at night, so it cannot be detected. City residents are asserting their right to know what they are breathing.

Policy paper: From science to practice.

From scientific research to practice: How to achieve practical impacts to cope with climate change? - Written by El Asri Ouahid & Zegzouti Yassine.

Environmental responsibility and the prospects for attributing legal personality to the environment

Written by Oussama Belhadi - Nador.

Despite the efforts made by the legislation to protect the environment, there are a number of problems and difficulties with regard to environmental damage, including the lack of a legal representative to defend nature against such harm. This ambiguity in the legislation leads to vagueness, as the law only regulates the areas of legal entities or individuals, without any specific stipulations for the climate and the environment.

Policy paper: The spectre of fire threatens the forest in Tangier.

Written by Yassmine El Mesbahi - Tangier

The phenomenon of forest fires is today the main cause of imbalance in biodiversity, negatively affecting the components of the animal and plant ecosystem. There is no doubt that the responsibility of man is evident, since it is the cause of many of these fires that threaten public health. It should also be noted that pollutants from fires are one of the most important causes of the increase in mortality of asthmatics and heart disease.

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Climate Report 2021 

The fifth Climate Report presents contributions from the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation of global climate and energy programs

The focus of the Climate Report 2021 is on the potential effects of extreme weather events and the consequences of climate change on the agricultural sector. How are the changes affecting migratory movements? And how about security policy? We look into different regions of the world and show that the consequences of climate change are highly complex and that we need pragmatic and long-term solutions. Our Climate Report 2021 offers analyses and possible solutions.

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Klimapartnerschaften als Baustein einer strategischen Außenpolitik

In vielen Schwellenländern gibt es Potenzial, Treibhausgas-Emissionen zu reduzieren. Klimapartnerschaften bieten sich hierbei als Instrument an

Längst ist der Klimawandel zu einem zentralen Bereich der internationalen Politik geworden. Grund dafür ist der Charakter des Problems: Nur wenn alle mitziehen, kann der Ausstoß von klimaschädlichen Gasen effizient verringert werden. Neben multilateralen Konferenzen können auch bilaterale Klimapartnerschaften ein Werkzeug der internationalen Politik sein.

Desalination: An alternative to alleviate water scarcity in the MENA region

Regional Study

This regional study aims at presenting the state of the art of desalination in the MENA region as a valuable alternative for water supply in front of an increasing water scarcity exacerbated by climate change and economic and population growths.

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