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Water Security Middle East (Blue Peace)


Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : Water Security Middle East (Blue Peace)

Pays/Région : Proche-Orient

Durée : 01.02.2019 - 31.12.2021

In the Middle East, the dire situation of water resources demands stronger regional cooperation than ever before. The Blue Peace Middle East Initiative is the only regional platform engaging six countries around water issues. Together with its partners from academia, international organisations, civil society and the private sector, Switzerland is able to promote policy and concrete solutions for serving the most vulnerable populations leading to sustainable development and peace building. Stability in the region is in the interest of Switzerland.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : All the countries in the Middle East already face serious water shortage. The per capita per year availability of water in most countries is below the internationally accepted threshold level of 1000 cubic meters. It is also one of the region most vulnerable to climate change, on account of water scarcity, a significant dependence on climate-sensitive agriculture, high population density and economic activity in flood-prone urban coastal zones which could lead to instability. As water problems in the region and their impacts are often transboundary, regional solutions are required. The Blue Peace Middle East Initiative responds to main challenges for sustainable water management in the region : closing the knowledge gap (reliable data) ; effective capacity building, and the promotion of exchange and dialogue.
* Objectifs  : Water users and particularly the most vulnerable populations have equitable and sustainable access to water resources through enhanced regional water cooperation, which in turn is empowering the broader underpinning of peace in the region.
* Groupes cibles  : (PA 1) Primary target group are influential policy makers in the region that are capable of convincing their leaders and governments of the importance of water for sustainable development and peace. (PA 2-6) Target group ranges from government employees in the water sector, as well as academics, civil society groups, entrepreneurs, media representatives and networks. Indirect target group are the popu­lations threatened by conflict or water scarcity, and the dare need for access to water and sanitation.

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 3’600’000

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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