The First Water Integrity Training Course for MENA (Middle East and North Africa took place from 14 to 15 of January 2015 in Dead Sea, Jordan. A total of thirty participants spanning from Oman to Morocco successfully participated in this training course in conjunction with the 3rd Arab Water Week. The participants learned about methods to improve transparency, accountability and participation in the water sector for more sustainable water management.
The overall objective of the regional water integrity training was to develop capacities of various water sector stakeholders for water integrity in the MENA region, thereby improving transparency and accountability practices in water resources management. This training in particular aimed at reaching out to the wider MENA region; beyond the five pilot countries and the specific target groups of the WI MENA programme.
This first regional course marked the start of training workshops, specifically tailored for the Middle East and North Africa region as part of the regional Water Integrity Capacity Building Programme in the Middle East and North Africa (WI MENA). For this purpose the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Water Governance Facility at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is collaborating with AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network, a Cap- Net UNDP affiliated regional network in capacity development in sustainable water management for the Arab region hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), International Union for Conservation of Nature - Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN- ROWA), the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Mediterranean and for this event in Jordan with the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA).
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