Water Security in the Mediterranean25 October 2017. From 18:30 | Workshop | English | IEMed, Barcelona
The 2017 Global Risk Report has identified the water crisis as one of the three biggest risks in the world and, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) points out, the Mediterranean will be one of the worst affected areas.
Despite the different challenges facing the region, the importance of cooperation in addressing water security has long been recognized, as evidenced by the essential role played by a number of initiatives developed by different actors. Through a platform of regional thematic networks, institutions and organizations from both EU and foreign countries, the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med) promotes the exchange of action and knowledge on management and sustainable use of water resources to ensure water in the Mediterranean. How can such a crisis be prevented? And what is the role of institutions in raising public awareness?
The conference is delivered by Fuad Bateh, a senior advisor to GWP-Med. Bateh holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and is an expert in negotiations for international water dispute disputes, as well as in transboundary water management in the MENA region. He also leads the Palestinian delegation of the Water Experts Group and since 2007 has been a legal and strategic advisor to the Palestinian Water Authority in Ramallah, where he advises on bilateral and multilateral negotiations, donor relations, water governance reforms, as well as water resources management.