Newsletter Issue No. 3 – June 2015

Newsletter Issue no.3 – June 2015 Mastering Collaboration in IWRM


  • Activities of ENTIRE:  Where does change start?
  • IWRM Open Zone:  Interview with our alumna Pascale EL DIB, Project Officer at the Lebanon Eco Movement and Environmental Negotiations Expert
  • Call for Best Practices
  • Events:  The Arab Water Week in Jordan
  • Events:  Water and Development Congress in Jordan
  • The Partner’s Corner: GWP


Wasser Berlin 2015New challenges for the water industry call for innovative scientific, technical, political and administrative responses.  Under the theme of “Water and Sustainable Development“, the 2015 Trade Fair and Congress focuses on sustainable and long-term concepts for the water industry and research.

The four-day congress examines these key issues in a national and international context.  It provides industry professional a platform for dialogue and an opportunity to exchange experiences, concepts and concrete technical solutions.

Our partner ACWUA will be organizing the Arab Pavilion with co-exhibitors from water utilities, and participate in the Forum 2:  Innovative Solutions in the MENA Region.



Dominic's book titleAdaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management

Co-edited by Dominic Stucker and Elena Lopez-Gunn

Climate change-exacerbated floods, droughts and changes in precipitation patterns impact urban and rural communities around the world. This volume uses a systems approach to identify common barriers and bridges for climate change adaptation through water resources management. Essential approaches across the 20 diverse case studies include dialogue and multi-stakeholder collaboration. For more click here.

Announcement: Water World Middle East


The 3rd annual WaterWorld Middle East conference and exhibition comes to Abu Dhabi, UAE for the first time on 12-14 October 2014. Co-located with Power-Gen Middle East, WaterWorld Middle East will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. WaterWorld Middle East is the leading water and wastewater event for the region – attracting industry leaders and decision makers from around the globe.

Announcement: World Water Week in Stockholm

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Every year, SIWI provides a platform for over 200 collaborating organisations to convene events at the World Water Week. In addition, individuals from around the globe present their findings at the scientific workshops. Online registration for the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm is now open!

Check out 2014 Programme for the details of all the events contents and dates.

Mandela Day

Nelson-Mandela-LessonEvery year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

First results of first Horizon 2020 call

EU Horizon 2020 for Water InnovationThe new European Research and Innovation Program “Horizon 2020” was launched earlier this year with a budget of 80 billion Euro over seven years. A total of 109 projects were submitted for the water innovation market replication projects call.

The requested budget of the water innovation market replication projects was just over 340 million Euros, which is more than eight times the available budget. This clearly indicates the very strong interest from stakeholders in the area of water and innovation.Proposals that have passed the evaluation thresholds in the first stage have been invited to submit a full proposal in the second stage evaluation by 16th September 2014.

An EIP Water draft analysis and overview of funding opportunities in the water sector including Horizon 2020 related funding for water innovation is available here.

New UN-Water strategy 2014-2020

This month, UN-Water launches its new strategy 2014-2020 entitled ‘Delivering as One on Water 2014_02_05_synthesis_of_key_findings_and_recommendations_for_a_post_2015_engRelated Issues’. The concise document provides the main directions for the seven years ahead and outlines what success might look like in 2020. After ten years of working together, this strategy reaffirms the commitment of UN-Water. It sets the stage for the seven years ahead in terms of strategic directions, ways to collaborate and portrays a strong mechanism with a clear vision of where to go and how to get there. “The launch also provides an opportunity for more stakeholders to get on board and play an active role with water issues gaining more momentum – especially in the post-2015 discussions,” says Michel Jarraud, the Chair of UN-Water Strategy_2014-2020.

Royal Water Prize

The Government of Morocco and the World Water Council are launching the call for candidatures for the 5th edition of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, which rewards excellence or innovation in “Cooperation and sound management in the development and use of water resources.” The winner will be granted an award of US$100,000. Submission deadline 30 September 2014. BrochureHassanII-EN-web

UN Watercourse Convention comes into force Convention will enter into force on the 17th August 2014.   Entry into force of this global framework convention that seeks to, ‘ensure the utilisation, development, conservation, management and protection of international watercourses and the promotion of the optimal and sustainable utilisation there of for present and future generations’, is a significant milestone in the development of international water law.   The purpose of this section is to provide information pertaining to the role and relevance of the UN Watercourses Convention as a global legal instrument addressing transboundary water issues.