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Highlights on the 2nd Technical Meeting of LAS "SDG-Climate Nexus Facility" which took place at the Arab Water Council’s Premises.

AWC organized the 2nd Technical Meeting of LAS “SDG-Climate Nexus Facility" on the 10th of May,2018.The meeting gathered regional partners from UNDP, UNISDR, WFP, CEDARE, ICARDA and AWC to discuss several proposed concept notes and areas of work to be implemented under the 1st phase of the “SDG-Climate Nexus Facility” in 2018. The Facility is considered a multi-phased program that aims at supporting countries in integrating climate measures into broader SDG affiliated policies and plans while developing national capacities in accessing climate finance towards building resilience to risks and enhancing adaptive capacities in the Arab region to climate risks and natural hazards.

H.E. Dr. Hussein El Atfy, Arab Water Council (AWC) Secretary General at the 8th World Water Forum (WWF) in Brasilia, Brazil Representing AWC in a couple of sessions including "Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation" organized by CEDARE on March 20th and joined with speakers from CEDARE, Monaco, France, Spain and Palestine, "Water, Energy and Food Nexus" Session which was organized and held on March 21st, the session included representatives from Sudan, Lebanon, Kuwait and the league of Arab States who shared their views and recommendations regarding the WEF nexus which is considered one of the most important emerging topics in the MENA Region and a session about "Ecosystems, Wetlands and Sustainable Development in the Arab Region" which took place in March 22nd with speakers from Egypt, Iraq, the League of Arab States, RAED and CEDARE

Arab Water Council, President, H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid gives a presentation on Global Irrigation and Drainage Trends and speaks on Water Sustainability for Food at the Nobel Prize Dialogue "Water, Disasters & Food", marking the devastating Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami that happened in Japan on that same day several years ago, claiming the lives, and properties of thousands of people, at the meeting of the Japanese National Committee for Irrigation & Drainage in Japan, March 9-11, 2018. 


AWC Participating in World Bank S-S Knowledge Exchange Study Tour.
AWC has recently attended several CWPF S-S cooperation events, including the Remote Sensing Technology Training Workshop in Beijing, China (Jan 15 - Feb 5) and the S-S Knowledge Exchange Study Tour to China (Jan 29 - Feb 5), arranged under the MENA Regional Coordination on Improved Agriculture Water Management Project, financed by the China-World Bank Group Partnership Facility. The main objective of the study tour is to share the advanced Chinese Remote Sensing technical tools, practices and experiences of its application on China’s agriculture and water management. While also also foster technical and professional cooperation between China and MENA countries and support technical and institutional capacity building on improved agriculture water resources management in the respective project countries in MENA region.
Participants included high-ranking officials and experts from the project countries, including the Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Lebanon and Arab Water Council (AWC) in MENA Region.

In the framework of the "MENA Aquifer Storage & Recovery" Project, AWC in coordination with the USGS, has organized the 1st Supervision mission that took place on 4th –7th of December, 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The mission objective was to review the current progress of the project and follow up on the latest updates in each of the implementing countries. It was also an excellent opportunity to improve communication and regional coordination between project partners, and to discuss technical challenges aiming for a successful and smooth implementation of the project.

The mission also included an advanced GIS & Remote Sensing training that covered several topics related to the technical aspect of the project, these topics included: using R software for analyzing station-based rainfall data, Understanding systematic bias and random error in satellite-based precipitation data as well as using advanced functions in ArcGIS for the spatial analysis of precipitation data.
The training also included an introduction to Python high level programming language and utilizing python scripts in controlling ArcGIS, as well as using Model builder for building geo-processing work flows to be used in spatial analysis & data management.

Sandy Dunes Field Trip
As part of "MENA Aquifer Storage & Recovery" Project Supervision mission, a field trip to Amsterdam Water Supply, Water Infiltration and Recovery Area was organized by Hydrologynl.In, in coordination with WATERNET for all project partners and national stakeholders. The field trip started with an introductory presentation on the drinking water cleaning system in the Netherlands which is located in the sandy coastal dunes west from Amsterdam, followed by several site visits to the different stages of the water system.