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Building a Mediterranean Water and Energy Community

Quote of the Month


“Rather than searching for unity, we should note diversity. At the human level, this ethnic, linguistic, religious and political diversity was constantly subject to external influences from across the sea, and therefore in a constant state of flux.”

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

From Around the Sea

 

Mediterranean diet important for sustainability


The Mediterranean diet is not only healthy for humans, but also for the environment and biodiversity. This was the main message at an event held at FAO headquarters raising awareness on how the Mediterranean diet can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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هل تعلم؟

 
“يوجد في البحر الأبيض المتوسط سلسلة جبال مغمورة تمتد من جزيرة صقلية وحتى سواحل قارة إفريقيا وتقسِم البحر الأبيض المتوسط إلى قسمين غربي وشرقي.”

>> سطور

AMWAJ in Action

Preparations for AMWAJ 2020 in Beirut


AMWAJ Forum hosts its third edition on 8 October 2020 in Beirut as part of World Energy Week, co-organized with the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC). This is a great opportunity to integrate energy and water issues to bridge the gaps in policy, advance science communication and discover inspiring stories on the ground. 

For our upcoming forum, we are happy to announce we’ll be partnering with CEWAS Middle East to host a Media Lab Hackathon, connecting journalists and communication professionals to water and energy entrepreneurs and start-ups from the CEWAS Middle East Network. 

Get in touch to be part of the AMWAJ Community!

If you would like to become a partner of AMWAJ or learn more about the forum, contact patricia Carbonell: patricia@revolve.media. 
AMWAJ 2020

Made in the Med

First all-women solar crew launches in Lebanon

RISE2030 is a community-led initiative that focuses on women and youth empowerment, aiming at building capacity & improving living conditions of those living in deprived areas, through education, employment, and empowerment. The initiative includes different components designed together to achieve rural development, individual empowerment, and decentralization of power. Rise2030 launched the first all-women solar team in this cohort to challenge gender stereotypes in male-dominated sectors.
More about RISE2030

Made in the Med

PROSIM promotes new solutions for water-use efficiency in Tunisia

The PROSIM project aims at implementing innovative solutions for water-use efficiency and use of non-conventional water in agriculture, reducing water stress in selected areas of the Mediterranean basin, such as Mahdia in Tunisia.

In this region, a reverse osmosis desalination system will be installed to manage 400m3 of water per day, making it possible for a minimum of 30 local farmers to improve the quality of water used and increase   productivity of their crops.

Learn about PROSIM

Must Read

Wind Energy: A gender perspective

The wind energy sector, like other parts of the global energy industry, remains largely male-dominated. Yet opportunities exist to improve the gender balance, make greater use of women’s skills, and entrench wind power as part of an inclusive and sustainable energy system for the future.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) conducted a survey with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) where they tracked the presence of women across the wind energy value chain. Based on a survey of more than a thousand individuals and organisations, it examines female representation, gender-inclusive policies, and perceptions of gender bias in the industry. 
 
Read the full report

Investment4Development

Climate-KIC funding start-ups in Spain

 

EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator, la mayor aceleradora de empresas de innovación climática de Europa, abre una nueva convocatoria en España. La aceleradora de start-ups ofrece apoyo económico, formación, mentorización y acceso a una red global de inversores, a proyectos innovadores y de alto impacto relacionados con el cambio climático y la economía circular.

El programa ofrece financiación de hasta 50.000€ a fondo perdido y sin toma de participación en el capital de la start-up o de su propiedad intelectual. La aceleradora de start-ups ofrece apoyo económico, formación, mentorización y acceso a una red global de inversores, a proyectos innovadores y de alto impacto relacionados con el cambio climático y la economía circular. El programa ofrece financiación de hasta 50.000€ a fondo perdido y sin toma de participación en el capital de la start-up o de su propiedad intelectual.

La convocatoria estará abierta hasta el próximo 25 de marzo de 2020 y los emprendedores podrán presentar su candidatura a través del siguiente formulario de inscripción.

 

Learn more

Opportunities4You

MENA scholarships in the Netherlands

 

 

The MENA Scholarship Program (MSP) aims to contribute to sustainable democratic transition in the participating countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands. 

While the scholarship is awarded to individuals, all candidates must be nominated by their employer to be able to participate. The need for training has to be demonstrated in the context of the organisation the applicant is employed by. 

The program is open to professionals from several MENA countries, and the first application period ends on 24 March 2020. 

Apply

Opportunities4You

MEDRC announces Desalination Challenge 2020

 

 

MEDRC has announced the opening of team registration for this year’s Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge Prize Competition. The Competition is a global water prize that looks to award 700,000 USD to the person or team that can invent a small, cheap and easy to use desalination device that would enable people in emergency situations to single-handedly purify salty or contaminated water to a safe drinking standard.

MEDRC invite participants to register online before March 26,2020.

Learn more and apply
 

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