National workshop on IWRM and adaptation to climate change in Tunisia

May 31, 2016 to Jun 1, 2016
Hammamet, Tunisia

A workshop on integrated water resources management (IWRM) and adaptation to climate change took place in Hammamet, Tunisia, from May 31 to June 1, 2016.

Bringing together over 40 participants from national and regional public authorities and agencies, the event marked the beginning of a series of workshops, trainings and activities that will take place in the Upper Medjerda River Basin demonstration site, as well as at national and regional level.

The session on inter-institutional dialogue and cooperation focused on both a horizontal and a vertical understanding of how different institutions have a common interest in working together — a concept that is central to the improved and sustainable use of available water resources, and to effectively linking hard skills (the “technical” side) with soft skills (the “dialogue” side) in order to achieve a balance between them.

Participants split into four small working groups, none of which included more than one expert from the same institution. Each group was asked to develop a SWOT analysis to contextualise and assess the status of inter-institutional dialogue and communication processes for IWRM and adaptation to climate change in Tunisia’s water sector. Based on the initial inputs received during the workshop, the project team will pinpoint traits common to multiple groups. Tools and methodologies that might help to overcome differences and conflicts of interest will be presented at future trainings.

The results of the WATER POrT photo competition in Tunisia were also announced during a brief award ceremony.

Mr. Sofian Meddeb, councillor advisor and head of service at the International Cooperation Department, and Ms. Hayet Ben Mansour, director of the Water Surface Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fishery, each delivered closing remarks.

Ms. Ignjatovic closed the workshop by emphasising the launch of the milestone Water Growth and Stability Initiative (WGSIni), and the upcoming second WGS conference, to be held in Tunisia in July.


In addition to the participants' useful insights on how to improve inter-institutional collaboration, the workshop produced several positive outcomes, such as increased understanding, recommendations on how to make improvements, and constructive input on how to shape forthcoming activities that will focus in depth on water demand management, water resources protection, and adaptation to climate change, as well as on how these themes intersect with cooperation and dialogue processes in the water sector.

Tags: Training