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WESCANA Systemic Integration of Networks for Sustainable Freshwater Management in the West/Central Asia and North Africa Region

Objectives: The long-term development goal of the WESCANA Water Programme is ‘to promote and consolidate a sustainable water management process in the WESCANA region, by tackling social, economic and ecological processes in target catchments areas and aquifers.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Sustainable land use management, including water, soil and vegetation in affected areas
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: General Directorate for Cooperation for Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy); IUCN, Government of Jordan
Contents: Italy is playing a leading role at the regional level and in a number of initiatives, including the Euro Mediterranean Plan of Action for Water Resources, the support to debt swaps in irrigation and water supply schemes and the National Environmental Action Plans in several countries. The present initiative with the Government of Jordan and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). WESCANA Programme tackles priority areas of natural resources management such as water, biodiversity, desertification, marine and coastal ecosystems, protected areas, environmental law, environmental education and communication, equity and sustainability. Within this framework, it has the potential to act as a catalyst for the integration of thematic networks and the development of an effective “network of networks”, and to promote an integrated and systemic approach for freshwater management.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 2.200.000,00 euro.
Consolidation of the Regional Water Programme Centre in Jordan: the Centre will be consolidated by facilitating and strengthening the network of regional experts. New networks and partnerships will be started and policy guidelines established. Further, capacity building will be developed and implemented towards integrated and systemic water management.
Situational analysis of best and bad practices in water management: an inventory will be established, classifying past and present water conservation and use practices and techniques, and relevant institutional, policy and legislative frameworks in the region. A subsequent gap analysis will identify priority actions for the definition of an integrated, systemic water management approach, the strengthening of existing and the development of new partnerships. This process will be supported through the implementation of modules for interdisciplinary capacity building aimed at integrated water management.
Implementation of pilot planning and management action: two or more partner countries, in coordination with the RWPC in Jordan, will implement a number of pilot actions on systemic water planning and management. These will stem from a strong network of networks of centres of excellence and will focus on issues of national, trans- boundary and/or regional
interest and impact in specific shared catchment areas and/or groundwater basins.
Target year: 2004
Target Area/Place: West/Central Asia and North Africa Region
Expected Outcome(S): The Regional Water Programme Centre in Jordan is consolidated as a focal point for the regional network of networks on sustainable water management and is able to provide services to WESCANA partner countries.
The capacity of network partners is strengthened in order to improve the respective national systemic planning and management and to serve other partner countries, with the support of the RWPC and through the provision of access to on-line information, training and monitoring.
Institutional set-up and legislative frameworks are analysed and synthesised as the basis for the development of sustainable water management policy in WESCANA countries.
Techniques for water conservation and sustainable use are assessed, classified and analysed within a framework for sustainable, integrated water management.
A number of pilot planning and management actions are implemented jointly by two or more partner countries, and focus on water-related trans- boundary and regional management and/or development potentials.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to:
- network of networks
- trans nationality
- water resources management
Other Information:
(Contact): Dr. Alfredo Guillet
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate General for Development Cooperation
Phone: + Address: Via Contarini, 25 00194 Roma
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