On the occasion of the third Ministerial Conference on Water of the Western Mediterranean Forum (Dialogue 5+5) on 10 March 2022 in Valencia (Spain), convened under the Spanish co-presidency of the 5+5 Dialogue, the MedThink 5+5 network of Western Mediterranean think tanks holds the thematic seminar “Building Climate Resilience in the Western Mediterranean: Water and Climate Change Adaptation Nexus” on 9 March 2022. Co-organised by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations (MENBO), this event aims to provide a space for dialogue among decision-makers, experts, and water professionals from both shores of the Western Mediterranean region to discuss ways to ensure water security by adapting to the impacts of climate change on water resources in the region.
The MedThink 5+5 network of think tanks of the Western Mediterranean provides a multidisciplinary platform of debate linked to the 5+5 Dialogue, which contributes both to strengthening the network and to the regional integration based on a bottom-up approach. Since its inception in May 2016, the MedThink 5+5 network has organised several annual fora and thematic seminars back-to-back with Ministerial Conferences of the 5+5 Dialogue, during which experts from the whole of the region analysed the factors underpinning economic, human and sustainable development, as well as security and stability in the Western Mediterranean.
In line with the 2030 Agenda, especially SDG 6, and drawing upon the Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean (WSWM) adopted in Algiers in 2015 and its Action Plan (2016), the UfM Water Agenda, as well as the last Mediterranean Water Forum in Malta (2021), this thematic seminar will discuss political, financial, operational and cooperation opportunities to enhance the sustainability and climate-resilience of water management in the ten countries of the Western Mediterranean. Participants from different backgrounds, including public decision-makers, scientific experts, representatives of international organisations and civil society organisations, will highlight regional and national initiatives that are making an impact to build the climate resilience of the Western Mediterranean water sector. The dialogue ensuing from the discussion and the exchange of good practices will lead to the creation of public policy recommendations with the aim to contributing to the work of the 5+5 Dialogue in the field of water management.
Consult the event programme here
Read the bios of the speakers here
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