Workshop with Tunisian NGOs/CSOs active in the water sector and gender matters
The WATER POrT team held a successful workshop on April 14, 2016, in Tunis, bringing together civil society stakeholders from different Tunisian regions who are active in water resources management.
The workshop served a twofold purpose: first, it familiarised civil society representatives with the activities of the WATER SUM project’s WATER POrT component (especially those connected to its “dialogue and cooperation” cluster); and second, it provided an additional insight into water-related challenges from the public’s perspective.
Participants identified the main challenges related to water resources management and suggested ways to approach them. The main takeaway messages concern the benefits of:
- involving the multitude of civil society organisations/associations that are active in helping address water-related challenges and ensuring productive knowledge and experience sharing between those coming from different regions;
- establishing a sounder cooperation network that pools expertise and bolsters information sharing on water matters among the different communities, stakeholders and decision makers;
- raising awareness about water challenges (especially water scarcity), targeting young people and strengthening the involvement of women in water management decisions and processes;
- aligning local and national efforts with global initiatives, such as the SDGs and the post-COP21 agreement phase;
- augmenting media outreach and ensuring access to information; and
- harnessing awareness raising to practical solutions and enacting forward-looking planning to help ensure that project-inspired successes will continue long after a project closes.
The WATER POrT team is currently building on the workshop outcomes to shape the upcoming “dialogue and cooperation” activities foreseen for 2016. These will include organising tailored communication and awareness-raising activities aimed at the wider public (as well as more specialised audiences); dedicated national and regional workshops at which civil society will have the chance to sit down and discuss across-the-board solutions with other water actors; and a support programme for empowering communities.