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[Youth E-conference] World Water Day on Water and Climate Change

  • Starts: Mar 23, 2020
  • Ends: Mar 23, 2020
  • Location: Virtual
  • By: CMI, MedYWat
  • Announcement


    Due to the evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the growing health concerns related to this virus as well the logistics complications that we currently globally face as a result of this health epidemic, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) have decided to adapt the 2020 World Water Day to a virtual format.

    Our main concern in taking this decision is ensuring the health and safety of the participants and our staff.


    We remain fully committed to maintaining a productive dialogue with all attending parties and to effectively engage on the pressing issues of water shortages in the current climate change status. 





    Every year, the World Water Day draws the world’s attention to key water challenges. The CMI's World Water Day 2020 focused on the theme of “Water and Climate Change – and how the two are inextricably linked”.


    In order to better understand the complex interlinkages between water and climate change in the Mediterranean region and address this issue from a youth perspective, CMI is organized the Fourth edition of its flagship regional youth workshop on March 23rd, 2020. The event was held virtually due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) global health epidemic.






    This fourth edition builds on the first three CMI Mediterranean Water Heroes Contests and World Water Day youth workshops: “Youth Innovating with Wastewater for a Sustainable Mediterranean”  (Marseille, France 2017), “Nature-Based Solutions for a Water Secure Mediterranean” (Anafora Community, Cairo, Egypt 2018) and “Water and Migration” (Marrakesh, Morocco 2019) all aiming at raising the awareness of the future generation of water leaders on key water challenges the Mediterranean region is faced with.


    The world water day workshops are designed to connect and build the capacities of young professionals, researchers and students through the CMI-managed Mediterranean Youth for Water Network (MedYWat) which was launched in 2017.





    The 2020 CMI World Water Day youth workshop aimed to stimulate inter-generational learning between young Mediterranean water practitioners and senior experts, notably through the CMI Call for Papers on Water and Climate Change, while further involving and supporting the CMI-managed Mediterranean Youth for Water Network (MedYWat) and enhancing collaboration with key regional players on the water and climate change theme.











    Welcoming participants and presentation of the Agenda


    Frederic de Dinechin, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, CMI

         Opening Remarks


    • Blanca Moreno Dodson, Manager, CMI
    • Almotaz Abadi - Managing Director, UFM
    • Francisco Pedrero Salcedo, Coordinator, Mediterranean Youth for Water Network (MedYWat)



    Setting Up the Stage: Expert presentations on Water and Climate Change (1)








    1. Sub-theme: Water and Climate Change Policies (Diplomacy)


    • Team mentor introduction: Olivier CRESPI REGHIZZI, AFD




    2. Sub-theme: Water Security Migration Nexus



    • Team mentor introduction: Alan Nicol, IWMI


    • MedYWat Research Group presentations: Perception, attitude, and behaviour in relation to climate change:  A survey among young people of Palestine.  


    CMI 2020 Mediterranean Water Heroes Contest Winners Presentation

    Lunch Break


    Setting Up the Stage: Expert presentations on Water and Climate Change (2)





    3. Sub-Theme: Water Scarcity and Drought Management Best Practices


    • Team mentor introduction: Roula Khadra, CIHEAM – Bari





    4. Sub-Theme: Water and Circular Economy


    • Team mentor Introduction: Dorte Verner, The World Bank




     CEWAS Entrepreneurship Toolkit presentation



    The Cewas team will briefly present the methodology behind the hackathon format which is planned to take place in Murcia in the summer. This toolkit will help the participants to further develop their entrepreneurial ideas for the hackathon.


    Conclusion and Presentation of next steps for the Postponed workshop