Workshop on Water Security in the Middle East

Workshop on Water Security in the Middle East

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17 June 2013

The World Meteorological Organization is one of the organizers of a workshop in Jordan 17-18 June on how to improve the production and management of meteorological and hydrological data in the Middle East as part of wider strategic goals to strengthen the management of water resources, food production and disaster risk reduction.

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan, the newly appointed Chairman of the U.N. Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, makes the keynote speech at the Regional Stakeholder Workshop which takes place within the framework of the Project “Blue Peace – Water Security in the Middle East” funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

As part of the “Blue Peace” initiative, WMO is coordinating a pilot project on Strategic Management of Hydrological and Meteorological Data and Information Product Generation, initially focusing primarily on Jordan and Lebanon.

The Middle East is one of the driest regions in the world, with many parts receiving less than 100 mm of rainfall per year and is vulnerable to climate variability and climate change, which is expected to impact on precipitation levels and the frequency and severity of drought. More than 60% of the region’s water supply flows across international borders, underlining the need for regional cooperation, including more interoperability between the various national and regional hydrological observing and information management systems.

Many of the Middle East's river basins and aquifer systems are poorly gauged or completely ungauged and it is essential to strengthen the hydro-meteorological monitoring network, which is currently declining, as part of wider improvement in water management, according to a WMO technical assessment. >> More

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