Regional Water Banks Project (RWDBP)

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Water Cooperation Initiative
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Research, [[capacity building]] and data exchange
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[[Middle East]], [[Arab States]]
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The project is managed by an Executive Action Team, [http://www.exact-me.org/index.htm EXACT], comprised of water experts from [[Israel|Israeli]], [[Jordan|Jordanian]], and [[Palestine|Palestinian]] water-management agencies.
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Technical and financial support to EXACT is contributed by the [[EU|European Union]], [[France]], The [[Netherlands]], and the [[USA|United States]]. Former donors include [[Australia]] and [[Canada]].
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== Background and Significance ==
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The RWDBP consists of a series of specific actions taken jointly by the core parties: the Jordanian, Israeli and
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Palestinian water agencies. It is one of the projects that came out of the '''Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources''' of the Middle East Peace Process.
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While advancing the peace process, the MWGWR’s
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goals included creating an awareness of water issues from a regional perspective, to fostering cooperation and
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coordinating efforts to ameliorate water problems. These goals were tackled under the following four agenda
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items:
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1) enhancement of water data availability
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2) improved water management practices, including conservation
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3) enhancement of water supply
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4) concepts of regional water management and cooperation.
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The RWDBP was designed to respond to the need for enhanced water data availability and was more specifically
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aimed to:
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* Foster the adoption of common, standardised data collection and storage techniques among the parties;
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* Improve the quality of the water resources data collected in the region; and
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* Improve communication among the scientific communities in the region.
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Once the international and regional experts had formulated an implementation plan containing 39
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recommendations, the RWDBP began working in 1995.<ref>Regional Water Data Banks Project (RWDBP) (2002). Regional Water Data Banks Project: Multilateral Working Group on Water
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Resources, Middle East Peace Process. Project Brochure.</ref> The Executive Action Team (EXACT) was established
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as the steering committee of the RWDBP in order to ensure the implementation of the recommendations.
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EXACT consists of head representatives from the core parties (i.e. mainly of the PWA, the Jordanian Ministry of
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Water and Irrigation, and the Israeli Water Authority, plus a representative of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs),
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while the US acts as the ‘gavel-holder’, convening and chairing the meetings.
== The Experience: Challenges and Solutions ==
== The Experience: Challenges and Solutions ==
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* List of selected [Israeli Water-related Institutions http://www.exact-me.org/institutions_isr.htm]
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Context

Focus Areas

Water Cooperation Initiative

Research, capacity building and data exchange

Geographic Scope

Stakeholders

The project is managed by an Executive Action Team, EXACT, comprised of water experts from Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian water-management agencies.

Technical and financial support to EXACT is contributed by the European Union, France, The Netherlands, and the United States. Former donors include Australia and Canada.

Contacts

Contents

Background and Significance

The RWDBP consists of a series of specific actions taken jointly by the core parties: the Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian water agencies. It is one of the projects that came out of the Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources of the Middle East Peace Process.

While advancing the peace process, the MWGWR’s goals included creating an awareness of water issues from a regional perspective, to fostering cooperation and coordinating efforts to ameliorate water problems. These goals were tackled under the following four agenda items: 1) enhancement of water data availability 2) improved water management practices, including conservation 3) enhancement of water supply 4) concepts of regional water management and cooperation.


The RWDBP was designed to respond to the need for enhanced water data availability and was more specifically aimed to:

  • Foster the adoption of common, standardised data collection and storage techniques among the parties;
  • Improve the quality of the water resources data collected in the region; and
  • Improve communication among the scientific communities in the region.


Once the international and regional experts had formulated an implementation plan containing 39 recommendations, the RWDBP began working in 1995.[1] The Executive Action Team (EXACT) was established as the steering committee of the RWDBP in order to ensure the implementation of the recommendations. EXACT consists of head representatives from the core parties (i.e. mainly of the PWA, the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, and the Israeli Water Authority, plus a representative of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs), while the US acts as the ‘gavel-holder’, convening and chairing the meetings.

The Experience: Challenges and Solutions

Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication

Testimonies and Stakeholder Perceptions

References

  1. Regional Water Data Banks Project (RWDBP) (2002). Regional Water Data Banks Project: Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources, Middle East Peace Process. Project Brochure.

See also

External Resources

Attachments

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