27.09.2019 - Natural Sciences Sector

Training on nature-based solutions for water in the Arab region

Partnerhsip UNESCO - Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation of Saudi Arabia

Given the acute water scarcity in Arab Region, the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme is organizing a national training workshop in Lebanon to focus on the topic of Nature Based Solutions for Water. This is also the theme of the 2018 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR2018), available also in Arabic language since last March, when it was released at the 5th Arab Water Week in Dead Sea, Jordan.

This two-day training, addressed to representatives of Ministries, universities, research institutes and non-governmental organizations based in Lebanon, will provide a solid understanding on how nature-based solutions (NBS) use or mimic natural processes to enhance water availability, improve water quality and reduce risks associated with water-related disasters and climate change. The workshop will show how NBS (‘green’ infrastructure) can substitute, augment or work in parallel with human-built (i.e. ‘grey’) infrastructure in a cost-effective manner.

The training will take place on 7-8 October in the premises of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States, in Beirut; a number of distinguished speakers from agencies of the United Nations system based in Beirut and national institutions will contribute.

Translation of the WWDR series into Arabic since 2017 and the forthcoming training activity in Beirut are made possible thanks to the generous support of Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation of Saudi Arabia.

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