12.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Advanced negotiations training in water security and water diplomacy held



A regional five-day training workshop on negotiations skills for water officials from Iraq, Palestine and Jordan was held at the Dead Sea, Jordan from 8 – 12 July 2012. Seventeen water professionals participated in the advanced negotiations training in water security and water diplomacy given by an international water negotiation expert.

The Arab region, is suffering from severe water scarcity and arid to semi- arid climate is generally a common feature. Rivers in the region often originate outside the borders and are overly exploited. Renewable groundwater on the other hand, is limited to specific regions where aquifers of limited extent are prevailing. Shared groundwater systems are therefore frequently the only source of fresh water in most of Arab region. The management and use of shared groundwater is subject to an array of different factors be they socioeconomic, institutional, legal, cultural, ethical and policy considerations which require specific negotiation skills.

The participants, mainly engineers, scientists and lawyers working in water management and related fields, benefited from an intensive hands on training which included role plays on two regional water issues custom developed specifically for the workshop.

This activity was organized by the UNESCO Office in Amman as part of the joint UN programme “Adaptation to climate change to sustain Jordan’s MDG achievement” of the MDG Achievement Fund. The MDG Achievement Fund is an international cooperation mechanism with the aim to accelerate the progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) worldwide. Under this fund, in Jordan, UNESCO together with UNDP, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO) is enhancing Jordan’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

The training was the continuation of the Shared Waters training held in November, 2011.

For further information please contact Lama Al-Masalha: l.almasalha@unesco.org

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