UfM steps up regional action on valuing water

Mar 18 2021

As a critical climate change hotspot, the Mediterranean region already has over 180 million people who are considered water poor. With the COVID-19 pandemic, water is more precious than ever before, being a vital element in the sustainable rebuilding of our region.

The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the World Bank, the Mediterranean Youth for Water Network (MedYWat) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) are hosting a e-conference for World Water Day, focusing on “Valuing Water”.

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) has prioritised leading the development of a regional Water Agenda and supported the ENI CBC MED programme with water projects in Italy, Tunisia, Jordan, Malta, Lebanon, Greece, Palestine, and Spain.

18 March 2021. With less than a decade to deliver on the agreed Sustainable Development Goals, an unprecedented effort will be required. UfM Member States agreed to advance solutions to meet water-related socio-economic challenges and promote climate resilience, while also assisting women and youth towards job creation, as described in their regional Water Agenda. As part of the UfM Water Agenda, the UfM is organising a series of workshops to deliver the necessary technical, administrative, and financial advice to help countries achieve water security for their populations and economic activities.

The provision of safe water and sanitation is even more essential for protecting human health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Hand washing in households increased water use from 9 to 12 litters per person per day as a result of the pandemic mitigation measures, which represents an average increase of 5% in the demand for water for domestic use.

Source: Union for the Mediterranean