During 2008, GWP Mediterranean (GWP-Med) helped Egypt and Lebanon with their water supply and sanitation (WSS) and IWRM planning respectively. The assistance was provided within the framework of the Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI), through country dialogues on water, and with support of the MEDA Water Programme of the European Commission and Greece that leads MED EUWI.
In Lebanon, GWP-Med assisted the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water in reviewing the country’s ten-year National Strategic Plan for Water (2000–2009). Drawing on a multistakeholder process, it also helped launch the preparation of a national IWRM plan within the Lebanese reconstruction process. In Egypt, GWP-Med paid special attention to sustainable planning for access to and affordability of water services, implemented in close collaboration with the Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Wastewater and the OECD. It aimed to elaborate socially and politically acceptable financing scenarios and affordability assessments for water supply and sanitation. Through multi-stakeholder consultation, activities contributed to the elaboration of the new 30-year Egyptian National Master Plan for Water and Waste Water and the Rural Sanitation Strategy. These strategies are also linked to the IWRM framework of the National Water Resources Plan 2017.