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Kick Off meeting of the 5th Mediterranean Water Forum


October 18, 2023

The Kick-off meeting of the Mediterranean Water Forum will take place in Valencia, Spain, on 18th October 2023, at the invitation of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge and the Júcar River Basin Authority.

This meeting is framed within the preparatory process of the 10th World Water Forum (Bali, Indonesia, 18th-24th May 2024).

In order to start preparing the Mediterranean contribution to the World Water Forum, the mobilisation of the stakeholders of the Mediterranean water sector, will be spurred through the so-called kick-off meeting, chaired by the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME, in French).

The meeting in Valencia will be organised around 6 working groups with the objective to initiate exchanging viewpoints on the themes that will be addressed at the Mediterranean Water Forum in 2024 (MWF), including the following:

  1. WEFE Nexus (Water /Energy/Food/Environment)
  2. New vision of water supply and demand (water mix) by 2050
  3. Drought and flood prevention and management
  4. Regulation, right to water and water law, prevention/resolution of conflicts
  5. New water financing partners and performance monitoring
  6. Digitalisation and new solutions for rational water use.

The Mediterranean Water Forum (MWF) itself will take place in Tunis (Tunisia) from 5th to 7th February 2024.

The MWF is considered as the Mediterranean platform for exchange of know-how and experiences in the field of water with a view to providing solutions and responses, while taking into consideration the current drought conditions that have affected the Mediterranean region for several years now. It aims to foster consultation and dialogue between key water stakeholders in the Mediterranean in order to propose priorities for water and the environment, thus harmonising the voice of the Mediterranean community in international and regional events.

The Mediterranean process will be all about providing perspectives on water based on local needs and identifying best practices and technologies developed to present them as answers to the challenges of water security in the Region.

The main theme of the next World Water Forum in Bali (Indonesia), namely “Water for Shared Prosperity,” is particularly significant in the Mediterranean region where demographic shifts, socio-economic challenges, and the effects of climate change put significant pressure on water management.