The 4th Steering Committee of SWIM-SM was organised with the aim of presenting and discussing the achievements of the project in 2014, the preliminary results of its external evaluation and the work plan proposed for 2015.

It has also been an opportunity to jointly identify priorities, as well as the methodology, for implementing SWIM Phase II that is planned to be launched by the EC in 2015.

The meeting brought together Focal Points and Environmental Liaison Officers from the SWIM Partner Countries, in addition to representatives of the European Commission and regional stakeholders.

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How to evaluate the damages and prioritize specific actions for improving the management of the basins is at the heart of a document recently released by SWIM-SM to assist decision-makers at the national and local levels.

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How to achieve a better compliance with water laws in the South Mediterranean countries was at the focus of a 2 days policy dialogue in Athens, Greece on 14th and 15th of October 2014.The activity brought together 31 experts and NGOs from 7 South Mediterranean countries, who reviewed the current enforcement issues and gaps their countries experience, deliberated possible policy options, identified measures to improve conformity including capacity needs, and suggested guidelines for countries of the region towards better application of rule of law in the water sector.

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SWIM-SM has recently published a report and a set of guidelines intended to assist legislators and government officials from the South Mediterranean countries in the design and administration of a regulatory environment for the safe "managed aquifer recharge (MAR)" with adequately treated wastewater (or reclaimed water).

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Based on an assessment recently released by SWIM-SM the cost of water resource degradation of the Upper Litani Basin (ULB) is estimated to be equivalent on average to 0.5% of the National GDP in 2012, and is particularly attributable to water resources degradation (77% of total costs) including, in order of importance, water quantity, water-borne diseases and water quality.

Other major causes of degradation are the following:

·         Poor waste collection and;

·         Air pollution in the Zahleh and Baalbeck areas that affects not only health but also agricultural productivity, as additional use of fertilizers to compensate for productivity losses has some bearing on water resources quality.

Based on the cost-benefit analysis of different scenarios related to the three identified priorities for action, namely municipal water services improvement, drinking water and sanitation improvement and additional depollution investments to reach acceptable international and national water quality standards, a set of intervention areas are proposed, in view of achieving an integrated management of water resources in the ULB.

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