MED EUWI

The Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI) is a Partnership among stakeholders in the Mediterranean region. MED EUWI seeks to make significant progress in poverty eradication and health and the enhancement of sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic development in the developing countries of the Mediterranean and Southeastern Europe.

EUWI and MED EUWI

The European Union Water Initiative (EUWI) was established as a key contribution to the implementation of the WSSD commitments and Plan of Implementation, aiming to help achieve water-related MDGs and WSSD targets, providing a platform for strategic partnerships.

The Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI) shares all the objectives of the EUWI and seeks to make significant progress in poverty eradication and health, in the enhancement of livelihoods, and in sustainable economic development in the Mediterranean and Southeastern Europe.

Given the critical importance of water in the bilateral and multilateral relationships in the region, MED EUWI also seeks to serve as a catalyst for peace and security in the region.

The MED EUWI Partnership

MED EUWI represents a strategic partnership among stakeholders (national, regional and international) in the Mediterranean region. It seeks to make significant progress in poverty eradication and health and the enhancement of sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic development in the developing countries of the Mediterranean and South-Eastern Europe. Through its work, MED EUWI aspires to provide a catalyst for peace and security in a region that is particularly vulnerable and susceptible not only to environmental, but also to political distress.

MED EUWI aims to serve as a platform for promoting strategic partnerships between the EU and the Mediterranean and Southeastern European countries as well as between government, civil society and the private sector. Non-EU donors and international organizations (including the UN family and the IFIs) are also contributing to the component through the promotion of synergies and development of activities at sub-regional level.

The Partners

MED EUWI has been led by the Government of Greece (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and Ministry of Foreign Affairs), since its launching in 2003, providing political, financial and technical support to the MED EUWI activities. The MED EUWI Secretariat, within the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med) Secretariat, provides technical support and day-to-day running (a function that is supported financially at length by the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change). Since 2005, the Euro-Mediterranean Water Directors’ Forum has provided institutional support for the implementation of MED EUWI activities at regional and national levels, offering advice and guidance on its work and further development. Three meetings of the Forum were organised by MED EUWI and partners in the period 2006-2008. Based on the decisions of the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Water (22 December 2008, Dead Sea, Jordan), in the context of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Euro-Mediterranean Water Directors’ Forum has evolved into the Water Expert Group, mandated with the development of the new Strategy for Water in the Mediterranean (SWM). In this respect, Euro-Mediterranean partners at the first Water Expert Group Meeting (Athens, September 2009) decided MED EUWI to provide technical and administrative assistance to the elaboration process of the SWM.

Activities

MED EUWI develops its activities through annual work programmes, supported through the participation of a variety of institutions and stakeholders. According to MED EUWI’s precedence, national activities up to the year 2015 will focus on:

1. prioritisation of national needs for the water sector in order to meet national development targets
2. assistance to national water planning activities including assistance to countries for the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of IWRM plans and linking them with national climate change adaptation strategies and other water-related sectoral plans
3. development of sustainable financing strategies for the water sector
4. improved donor coordination, harmonisation and alignment on the ground.

At regional level, MED EUWI will:

1. provide support for the adoption of the SWM and the consequent elaboration of the SWM Action Plan and its implementation
2. promote regional dialogue and building of capacity on targeted water issues including on transboundary water resources management, water financing including in relation to private sector participation and climate change adaptation.

MED EUWI activities are demand-led and utilise consultative and participatory methodologies in order to maximise inclusiveness and ownership. Given that lasting changes require political will and substantial timeframes in order to be sustainable and resolute, MED EUWI promotes on-going activities with catalytic effect, benefiting from its neutral platform and the existing and potential synergies with involved stakeholders at all levels.

Support to MED EUWI activities has been thus far provided by the: Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MEDA Water Programme of the European Commission (Phase I of National Policy Dialogues & SWM), GEF Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean (Phase I&II of National Policy Dialogue), ENTRP Support to MED EUWI, UNECE, UNDP, UNESCO-Venice Office, African Development Bank, WHO, UNEP UCC, Governments of Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain Sweden, Switzerland as well as by the Governments of the beneficiary countries including Albania, Egypt, Lebanon, Montenegro, Palestine, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia.

 

MED EUWI leaflet

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For more information please visit the MED EUWI website.