According to the approved Rules of Procedure, Menbo acts as the Technical Secretariat of the Ministerial Group on Water (MGW) of the 5+5 WSWM. According to article 4 of the Rules of Procedure, Menboâ€™s functions include the following:
- provide logistical, administrative and technical support of the decisions taken by the Working Group of Experts (WG) and by the MGW 5+5;
- prepare the minutes of the meetings of the WG and of the MGW 5+5;
- refer the notices of the meetings and maintain the Web Page of the â€śWater Strategy in the Western Mediterraneanâ€ť.
The Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean (WSWM) is an initiative put in place under the leadership of Spain and Algeria with the objective to approve and implement a water strategy in the Western Mediterranean aiming to promote and foster a sustainable use of water resources in the Western Mediterranean region.
The Strategy is framed under the Western Mediterranean Forum, known as the 5+5, which is a cooperation policy platform created in 1990 between the two banks of the Western Mediterranean. The participant countries are Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta, on the European side, and Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, on the southern Mediterranean side.
More information in the WSWM section.
Menbo regularly participates in the meetings of the Water Expert Group (WEG) of the Union for the Mediterranean. Up until 2011, Menbo had the status of observer in the WEG. At present, Menbo participates as the Secretariat of the Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean (WSWM) of the â€ś5+5 Dialogueâ€ť.
The UfM gathers 43 countries from the European Union, North Africa and the Middle East of the Mediterranean area. The creation of the Water Expert Group (WEG) wasÂ mandated by the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Water (22 December 2008, Dead Sea, Jordan) and confirmed by theÂ UfM Ministerial Declaration on Water (Malta, 2017). The WEG is comprised of high level representatives from the relevant Ministries and convenes twice a year counting on the participation as well of regional institutions, IFIs and stakeholders as observers.
INBO is the international organization in which Menbo is integrated. INBO was created in 1994 in Aix-les-Bains (France), by several organisations with the common objective to achieve the integrated management of water resources at the basin level. Menbo, as a regional member of INBO, closely cooperates with INBO in all activities carried out by INBO and in particular regarding the issues at stake the Mediterranean basins.
Membo is a member of the Europe-Inbo Group. This Group was created in 2003, in Valencia (Spain), by the European Basin Organisations of INBO. It gathers once a year and includes representatives of national administrations, basin organisations and elected officials, as well as NGOs, companies, international and regional organisations and academic institutions. The aim of the Group is to contribute to an improved implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and other water-related directives and to enrich the implementation of water policies in Europe, including the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS), while disseminating the principles and tools of the European water directives, especially to the EU neighbouring and EU candidate countries.
As a member of the Partnership Council of the GWPMed, Menbo participates in its regular meetings. The GWP-Med is the regional branch of the international Global Water Partnership Organisation. The Partnership Council is the decision-making body of the GWP-Med. The GWP Med facilitates a multi stakeholder platform that brings together over 100 mayor regional networks, institutions and organisations, aiming to promote the principle of the integrated water resources management (IWRM) in the Mediterranean. It supports action and exchange of knowledge on IWRM, helping Mediterranean countries to connect water resources planning and operations at different scales (national, regional, basin and local) in order to achieve coherence and bring about solutions that contribute to sustainable use of water resources.