Tunisian national workshop addresses IWRM and climate change
A national workshop on integrated water resources management (IWRM) and adaptation to climate change took place in Hammamet, Tunisia, on May 31 – June 1, 2016. Bringing together more than 40 participants from national and regional public authorities and agencies, the event marked the beginning of a series of workshops, trainings and activities to take place in the Upper Medjerda River Basin demonstration site, as well as at national and regional level.
The “Inter-institutional Dialogue and Cooperation” session fostered 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 both.
Participants split into four small working groups. Each group was set up so that none 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 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.
In addition to the participants providing initial, useful insight on how to improve inter-institutional collaboration, the workshop produced several positive outcomes, such as increased understanding of the issues, 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.
Key messages and workshop documents and materials will be published in due course on the WATER POrT trainings/Workshops webpage.