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Eng. Ali Sobh, Secretary General of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation
First National Learning Alliance meeting emphasizes value of reusing water in Jordan
The ReWater MENA project held its first National Learning Alliance (NLA) meeting in Jordan on 17 July 2019.  The aim of the meeting was to introduce the ReWater MENA project from a regional perspective to key stakeholders. Representatives from government, academia and non-governmental organizations participated. The program included an overview of the ReWater MENA project in the Middle East and North Africa by Dr. Gihan Bayoumi, Regional Project Manager. Implemented in Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, the project tackles Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Dr. Bayoumi, stressed that water is a scarce resource and that sustainable strategies for safe reuse of water must be implemented.
The Gender Mainstreaming workshop brought together representatives from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Ghana.
“Wastewater isn’t about water, it’s about people”, researchers tell MENA gender experts and partners.
Unlocking the potential of gender mainstreaming in the MENA region’s water reuse sector was the focus of a 3-day workshop held from 18-20th June in Cairo. The workshop, convened by the ReWater MENA project, was designed to provide the participants with ideas on how to mainstream gender in their work plans.
IWMI’s ReWater MENA project is working with local partners to build skills and launch participatory processes.
Examining Participatory Approaches to Water Reuse: Lebanese Experts Gear Up for Process Design at ReWater Event
With public participation seen as key to long-term results, IWMI’s ReWater MENA project is working with local partners to build skills and launch participatory processes. The SIDA funded- project in Lebanon recently facilitated a three-day training on «Public Participation» at the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI), from 27 to 29 May 2019. The facilitators, LISODE, are a French enterprise that guides the participatory processes in the project and ensures all project’s national and local activities are being implemented in a participatory way. Processes are aimed at involving and engaging all stakeholders in research and decision-making steps, starting from the national institutions to the end-users.
ReWater MENA project team, accompanied by representatives from Lisode met with Dr. Ibrahim Khaled, Chairman of Matrouh Water and Wastewater Company
Field visit to Marsa Matrouh in Egypt
The ReWater MENA project team, accompanied by representatives from Lisode, conducted a field visit to a water and wastewater treatment plant in Matrouh on May 22, 2019. Matrouh is a coastal governorate located 440 kilometers northwest of Cairo, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
The first National Learning Alliance in Egypt brought together diverse stakeholders.
Launch of a National Learning Alliance in Egypt
The ReWater MENA project launched its first national learning alliance (NLA) in Egypt on May 20, 2019. The NLA was organized by a project partner – the Center for Environment and Development of the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) – in cooperation with the project as well as the International Center for Agricultural Research (ICARDA). CEDARE and ICARDA are leading the implementation of project activities in Egypt. Lisode, the project partner responsible for stakeholder engagement, facilitated brainstorming and discussions during the launch event.
Dr.Gihan Bayoumi, Regional Project Manager presents an overview of current water reuse practices in the MENA region as well as the ReWater MENA project’s objectives.
ReWater MENA Kicks off First National Steering Committee Meeting in Lebanon
As population grows and farming expands, the demand for water is steadily rising. Massive human displacement along with other pressures, such as climate change, further aggravates water stress in our region. To meet this challenge, we need innovative water management solutions, including more safe water reuse practices, an approach which is implemented by the International WATER Management Institute (IWMI) through its project, ReWater MENA.
Husameddin HajAli
Field visits to Jordan Valley
On March 27, 2019, IWMI’s ReWater MENA Project team, accompanied by colleagues from the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), made field visits in the Jordan Valley to assess potential for the development of water reuse models. The visit began in the middle Jordan Valley (Al Aghwar Al Wosta) in Dir Ghalla, where mostly treated wastewater from the Al Samra treatment plant is used. The main objective was to identify agricultural areas that have been irrigated with treated wastewater for 20 years, 10 years and 5 years. The project will study the long-term effect of using treated wastewater in these areas, compared to another area that has the same climate and agronomic conditions but is irrigated with freshwater.
Nancy Elziq
Jordan’s first National Steering Committee meeting held
On March 26, 2019, the ReWater MENA project held Jordan’s first National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting at the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). The meeting brought together representatives from the Ministries of Water and Irrigation, Agriculture, Environment and Health as well as the Water Authority of Jordan, Jordan Valley Authority, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
Gihan Bayoumi
ReWater MENA project calls for contributions to a regional sourcebook on water reuse
During a session held on April 1, 2019, at Land and Water Days, which took place in Cairo from March 31 to April 4, 2019, Javier Mateo Sagasta, leader of the ReWater MENA project (, called for expressions of interest in contributing to a three-volume regional sourcebook.