The allocation of water is at the heart of water governance, determining who gets what amount of water, when and under what circumstances. The allocation of water to different sectors varies across countries and sets the pattern for water resource management.
Towards greater coordination across water, agricultural and other sectors, the High-Level Joint Water- Agriculture Technical Committee (HLJTC) of the League of Arab States requested in its first meeting, held in October 2019, the development of guidelines on sustainable allocation mechanisms of water resources for agriculture. Guidelines were developed by the Joint Technical Secretariat of the Joint Ministerial Water Council and partner organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and ESCWA, to provide guidance to water and agriculture decision makers and planners in Arab countries for sustainably managing water resources in the agriculture sector.
The guidelines were presented and discussed during the second and third meetings of the HLJTC and were endorsed by the ministers of water and agriculture during the Second Joint Ministerial Meeting. The Joint Ministerial Council requested interested Arab States to express willingness to pilot the application of these guidelines at local and national levels.
Under this umbrella:
A technical workshop to prepare pilot projects in Egypt, Jordan, the State of Palestine and Tunisia on the application of the guidelines is being held 26-27 September 2022 in Cairo, Egypt.
A virtual workshop to promote the use of the guidelines to improve water allocation in the Arab region is being held 3-4 October 2022.