Capacity Building on Water Security and Climate Resilient Development

Countries: Tunisia
Level: National
Region: MENA Region
Tags: Awareness raising | Stakeholder involvement
Target audience: Agricultural authorities | Environmental authorities | Local government/municipalities | National government | NGOs and CSOs | Regional government

This project was related to a capacity building programme that was developed to support the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) implemented by GWP-Med —namely, “Safety in Water and Climate Change Resilient Development”. To this end, a technical framework was developed and training materials were prepared. The “Framework” is a tool to help integrate water security and climate resilience into development planning processes, focusing on the prioritisation of investments and financing strategies. Supplementing the theoretical and practical training were field visits and a mentorship programme, meaning that each participant had a mentor assigned to support new knowledge applications.

The project also included training for managers and heads of department.

The training programme consisted of five workshops carried out over 16 days over the course of one year (4 + 4 + 4 + 2 + 2 days). Participants were awarded course completion certifications after successfully completing a final examination.

Results obtained

  • 12 people trained.
  • 4 heads of department trained and informed about climate change and its impact on the water sector.

Success factors

  • An open-minded attitude of head decision makers was one of the main success factors. One of the most effective ways to manage the effects of climate change is to reach the real decision makers who can apply the knowledge transferred in their everyday work, projects and decisions.
  • The mentorship programme, which contributed to an effective learning process, was another success factor.

Indicators used

  • Number of people trained that have passed the UNITAR exam.
  • Number of superiors informed and advised.

This project could be replicated in other departments and agencies from other countries that are involved in water resources management. An important pre-condition is to prepare the framework and training materials. Also, experts should be involved as mentors.

Total costs

  • 70,000 EUR


Sarra Touzi, GWP-MED