April 2020

Date and time: 29 September 2020

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Building a water and energy community around the Mediterranean


Quote of the Month

“The history of the Mediterranean is also the story of the port cities of very varied political loyalties in which merchants and settlers from all over the sea and far beyond gathered and interacted.”

>>  David Abulafia, The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean

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“من خصائص مناخ البحر الأبيض المتوسط درجات الحرارة التي تختلف من شماله إلى جنوبه وهو بشكل عام يتمتع بمناخ حار، وذلك لقربه من خط الاستواء، حيث إن معظم سواحله الجنوبية الشرقية تتمتع بمناخ صحراوي حار، وفي المقابل فإن معظم سواحله الواقعة شرق إسبانيا تتميز بمناخ جاف بارد.”

>> خصائص مناخ البحر الأبيض المتوسط، سطور


AMWAJ in Action

Announcing Tayyarat

Tayyarat (تيّارات) is the Arabic word for “Currents” or “Streams” – currents of water, of energy, and of thought. 

Tayyarat is the new content stream from AMWAJ, bringing you opinions, stories, and informative pieces from around the Mediterranean. We will be publishing a new Tayyarat piece every month, starting with our April piece by Michael Karner, titled “Water scarcity: a catalyst for sustainability around the Mediterranean.”

Tayyarat will soon be accepting your story submissions, stay tuned for more details!
Read Tayyarat


Made in the Mediterranean

RCREEE supports wind energy in Egypt

Aiming to raise community awareness regarding the new 500MW Wind project in Ras Ghareb, the RCREEE team participated in a public consultation session presenting the project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment SESA.

The workshop organized by ECO Consult and EcoConServ introduced the 500 MW project to the community representatives. Following the presentation of the private sector consortium, attendees discussed the results of the recently developed SESA.  
More on RCREEE’s work



World Bank freezes Bisri Dam funding

The World Bank has frozen over $600 million in funding for Lebanon’s Bisri Dam project in order to launch a dialogue with citizens and civil society groups who oppose the project. The bank said yesterday that it is open to suggestions from the Lebanese government on how the funds could be redirected to support residents through the national lockdown. Lebanon is in a crippling economic crisis which has been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Activists have raised concerns that the project will destroy the region’s rich ecosystem; damage cultural heritage by forcing the relocation of historical sites to higher ground; and plunge Lebanon’s already struggling economy into more debt. As recently as last week, activists tied themselves to trees in a symbolic campaign against the dam’s construction.
Learn more from MEMO




The Open Media Hub (OMH) is launching a Call for Expression of Interest for Production Support for a series of the social media videos “BEING 20: YOUNG ACTIVISTS”.

Applicants are invited to produce an 90 seconds original square video for social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Instagram etc.).

Journalists may also submit the proposed story in HDTV format together with the square video format.

The “BEING 20: YOUNG ACTIVISTS” square video needs to feature a young person in your country who is actively involved in charity work, activism, civil society organisations etc.  We want to hear about young people who donate their time and effort to make a difference in the villages, towns and countries in which they live. 

Learn more



The Water ChangeMaker Awards 2020

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) launched the Water ChangeMaker Awards. This award aims to increase the visibility of those who shape water decisions that build climate resilience.

Submit your ChangeMaker journey before 31 May 2020, and click below to learn more about conditions, eligibility, and awards.
Participate now



Where faith speaks: WASH in religious institutions

I“In a webinar organized by the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), development practitioners and religious actors will share their experiences in collaborating to achieve SDG 6.2 (Sanitation and Hygiene). The speakers will showcase best practices and innovative approaches and elaborate their views on the importance of religious actors in achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

The webinar will take place on 28 April 2020 – registration is required.”
Register now
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