MEDITERRANEAN: WATER-MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES. A CONFERENCE IN JORDAN ON DECEMBER 22ND

As part of the "Barcelona Process: the Union for the Mediterranean", France, Egypt and Jordan will co-chair the ministerial conference on water, planned for December 22nd in Swaimesh, on the Dead Sea (Jordan). The meeting, which will bring together the Ministers of the Environment of the Mediterranean Countries and the European Commissioner for the Environment, Stavros Dimos, has three main goals: establish guidelines for the water-management strategies in the Mediterranean, which shall then be approved in 2010 by the Ministries of the Environment and submitted to the Heads of State during the second summit, due to take place in the same year; push the governments concerned to add the development of consistent projects for water infrastructures to their list of priorities; look for sponsors who will support such projects. During the conference, the guests will illustrate some projects for a better water management in agriculture that have already been implemented in Tunisia and in the Jordan Valley, and a plan for the shared management of the water system in Northern Sahara, with a view to "exporting" them to other regions. In the run-up to the ministerial conference, a day on civil society will be held on December 21st.

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