The purpose is to support institutional strengthening and contribute towards ensuring that national water strategies and plans properly address issues of sustainable water resource management, based on internationally accepted principles of IWRM, water considerations are promoted and mainstreamed in other relevant sectoral policies and strategies (for example agriculture, tourism and industry), as well as in national development plans.

Provide ad hoc support and advice for the review of water policies, national water strategies and IWRM plans

  • Regional review on the status of National Water Plans and/or Strategies in the SWIM Partner Countries and proposals for policy options and recommendations to advance their preparation, implementation and monitoring. The review contains a focused survey on the status of plans and strategies in Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
  • Organisation of a 2-day regional workshop to review the report and country briefs and agree on actions to be addressed at the policy level by the project 
  • Regional Assessment on water Users’ Associations (WUAs) in the SWIM-SM countries that reviews the progress of Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM), identifies the range of experiences, assesses the status, achievements and challenges of the WUAs and draws lessons and opportunities for improvement. In depth assessments are carried out in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
  • Regional Expert Workshop promoted sharing of experiences and best practices in the establishment and operationalization of WUAs in the region and discussed / validated the findings of the Regional Assessment.

Ensure sustainable water management strategies mainstreaming into other sectors’ policies

  • Workshop to brief Partner Countries and regional stakeholders on SWIM‐SM objectives in the wider spectrum of the non‐conventional water resources management agenda and to brainstorm and discuss the project’s regional priorities on wastewater treatment and reuse and desalination.
  • Regional assessment of past drought & flood episodes and their management in Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia
  • Guidelines on measures for improving compliance with water legislations and assessment of enforcement capacity in the SWIM-SM Region with focus on Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco.
  • Assessment of current legislative capacity and legal procedures in the prosecution of violators of water legislation and develop guidelines in Algeria, Jordan and Lebanon

Development of a comprehensive M&E system for Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) and Irrigation Management transfer (IMT) Process:

  • Regional Expert Group Meeting on the  Development of a comprehensive M&E system for Participatory Irrigation Management & Irrigation Management Transfer process
  • Regional Workshop on the M&E system to monitor and evaluate the Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) and Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) Process in the SWIM-SM Countries

Desalination as a non-conventional water resource


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