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WOPs to address water scarcity in the MENA

12 speakers

About the session

Languages EN, FR, AR

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the most water-scarce region in the world. It is home to less than 2% of the world’s renewable water supply. According to the World Bank, more than half of current water withdrawals exceed what is naturally available; 82% of wastewater is not recycled; while parts of the region have some of the highest per capita water consumption rates in the world.

Utilities from the region and international and regional partners will showcase their experiences and lessons learned in responding to water scarcity. Moreover, as part of the Congress’ overarching goal to accelerate the scaling-up of effective WOPs, GWOPA will present the pipeline of seven identified “ready-to-go” WOPs and explore opportunities to fund them. These were identified after a regional consultation with utilities in the region, conducted with the support of the Abu Dhabi DoE, which revealed that well-constructed and effective WOPs can help improve the operational performance of the region’s utilities and advance much-need water security for those currently living with water stresses and low quality, or inexistent, services.

Agenda :
· Jose Luis Martin Bordes, Consultant, GWOPA/UN-Habitat
· Khaldon Khashman, Secretary General, Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA)
· Mohamed Bin Jarsh, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, United Arab Emirates

Introductory presentation on water and sanitation utilities in a water scarce context
· Samir Bensaid, Consultant

How are utilities coping with water scarcity?
· Salma Yousry, Urban development Programme Manager, UN-Habitat Egypt
· Rifaat Abdel-Wahab, Head of the research and development unit, Holding Company for water and wastewater (HCWW), Egypt
· Ahmed Abu Al-Saud, Director of Systems and Information Technology, Aqaba Water Company, Jordan

Building utilities’ capacity and resilience through WOPs
· María José Chesa Marro, Head of Environmental and External Relations Service, BCASA Barcelona Cicle de l’Aigua, Spain // WOP between WSSA and BCASA
· Akram Nassar, General Manager, Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WSSA) of Bethlehem, Palestine // WOPs between WSSA and BCASA (Spain), ONEE (Morocco)
· Mohammad Amen Al-Feytane, Head of water and sanitation department, Jericho Municipality, Palestine // WOP between Jericho Municipality and Eau de Paris (France)
· Graciano Carpes, EMASESA, new EU-WOP in the Arab Region: EMASESA Seville (Spain) & Ramallah Municipality (Palestine)
· Antonio Fantasia, MM SPA, new EU-WOP in the Arab Region: MM SPA Milan (Italy) & SONEDE (Tunisia)

Open Discussion: What technical capacities need to be developed to meet the water challenges in the MENA region?

Wrap up & Closing


Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA)