Water and Ecosystems

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approaches seek solutions at basin, local, national and regional level going beyond administrative borders. Environmental considerations and ecosystem services are in the heart of IWRM. Joint methodological approaches between IWRM and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) add value in taking action in the Mediterranean coast that receives great developmental pressures while being the host of important ecosystems.

Following up work, outputs and impacts achieved in previous years, GWP-Med during 2017-2019 engaged in the Water and Ecosystems agenda through the following key lines:

Aimed outputs: Policy dialogue was facilitated and catalytic actions and demo applications were implemented for IWRM planning at regional, national and local / river basin level tackling environmental protection objectives

Progress marker: Regional and national IWRM and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) partners established better understanding of the related inter-linkages and challenges and selected national and transboundary basins/coastal areas were equipped with advanced local management planning tools.

Partners: Governments, local authorities, RBOs, water and other sustainable development stakeholders, private sector, donors.  Indicatively, key aimed beneficiaries included Tunisian Ministry of Environment, Lebanese Ministry of Environment, Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development of Montenegro, Ministry of Environment of Albania, etc.

Since 2019, GWP-Med is contributing to the preparation of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Strategy for Lebanon and the ICZM Plan-Schema Regional du Littoral for the Moroccan Region of Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceïma (TTA) through its participation at the “Mediterranean Coastal Zones: Water Security, Climate Resilience and Habitat Protection” (Child Project 2.1 of the MedProgramme).