June 2020

Date: 29 September 2020

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Building a water and energy community around the Mediterranean


Quote of the Month

“Dans ce bassin où jouent
Des enfants aux yeux noirs,
Il y a trois continents
Et des siècles d’histoire,
Des prophètes des dieux,
Le Messie en personne.
Il y a un bel été
Qui ne craint pas l’automne,
En Méditerranée.”

>> Georges Moustaki, En Méditerranée

اقتباس الشهر

“في أقصى الشمال .. على ضفاف الأبيض المتوسط تراصت الشاليهات على الرمال الناعمة كمكعبات السكر.. صوت الموج الرتيب ينظم إيقاع المكان .. رائحة البحر وتلك النسمة الباردة المحملة باليود التي تدغدغ الأعصاب ..”

>> أحمد مراد، ڤيرتيجو.


AMWAJ in Action

The ancestral wetlands of Ghar El Melh 

The latest piece from our Tayyarat series is written by MedWet’s Off Your Map team:

“Given the vital role wetlands play as a natural habitat and a source for food and freshwater, we must protect them to preserve nature. That’s crystal clear. But at the same time, and perhaps surprisingly, protecting wetlands is also about preserving culture.

Let’s go for a stroll around Ghar El Melh, and just take a look at the cultural depth of the wetlands here. In this northern Tunisian lagoon, culture is everywhere. This place has hosted a Phoenician colony, a Roman city, an Ottoman fort, and even a pirate base! It is this rich and diverse history that built the cultural traditions you can see today.

Around this time of year, if you peek around the lagoon, you might notice an artisanal fisherman showing his latest prize catch – probably an eel. Traditional fishing techniques have been passed down from father to son for generations. You might see a father teach his son how to bait squid with crab traps. The traditional way of fishing in the wetlands is at complete odds with intensive overfishing: it respects natural boundaries, and does not take more than what nature can provide.”

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.
Read the full piece


Made in the Mediterranean

MedWet’s Off Your Map

In the common imagination, wetlands are often seen as unproductive wastelands that need to be ‘dealt with’. However, wetlands hold an immeasurable environmental and ecological value, and they serve as carbon sinks, diverse animal habitats, and cultural heirtage locations. 

Off Your Map is a collaboration between 15 partners, with the funding and support of the MAVA Foundation. It raises awareness for the critical role coastal wetlands play as resilient Nature-Based Solutions in the fight against climate change, and advocates for a more effective conservation of these biodiversity and culture-rich natural habitats.
Learn more about Off Your Map



World Bank helps sustain Palestinian wastewater treatment services

The World Bank approved on 10 June 2020 a US$10 million grant to finance the operation and maintenance of the North Gaza wastewater treatment plant for four years and build the conditions for sustainable wastewater treatment services. In line with previous partnerships in the sector, the new Wastewater Management Sustainability Project will be granted an additional US$3.7 million by donor partners, members of the Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID MDTF) administered by the World Bank.

Gaza has suffered for years from environmental disaster due to sewage pollution affecting hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The new project builds on the World Bank and donor partners’ extended efforts to complete the long-awaited construction of the North Gaza Wastewater Treatment Plant. Now, the new project focuses on operating and maintaining the treatment plant while gradually building the institutional capacity for sustainable self-management,” said Kanthan Shankar, World Bank Country Director for West Bank and Gaza. 

Read the press release



Water Journalism Academy

To foster water and sanitation reporting in the MENA region, the regional program Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (KAS – REMENA) together with cewas invite 40 journalists, bloggers, content creators, youtubers, social media influencers and media professionals to the first virtual Water Journalism Academy – Middle East and North Africa.

Outstanding environmental journalists and media professionals will be selected to take part in a tailored program with the goal of intensifying and improving the quality and scope of media coverage of acute water-related challenges in the country of implementation and region.

The application deadline is 2 July 2020!

Apply now



Intern with Gaza Sky Geeks

The Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG) Code Academy is Palestine’s first immersive, 6-month career accelerating web development bootcamp with a flagship campus in Gaza City and second campus in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The goal of the Code Academy is to accelerate the growth of globally competitive coding talent in Palestine. GSG believe that by helping Palestinian youth build high-tech and modern skills to participate in the exponentially growing tech sector, they will have a sustainable and long-term pathway to high-quality employment. 

The application deadline is 31 July 2020!

Learn more and apply



How can industry contribute to a resilient and sustainable recovery?

The outbreak of the corona pandemic has posed a serious threat to European industry in both the short and long term, from disruption of supply chains due to transport and travel restrictions, to the loss of suppliers. Most industrial companies report substantial falls in numbers of orders placed or order cancellations. Due to a mix of a weak global economy and uncertainty in business, society and politics, many companies are lacking not only liquidity, but also the necessary planning security for future innovations and investments.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the future of Europe’s industrial policy and how stronger industrial competitiveness can help accomplish a successful restart of the EU economy.
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