Aquifer Dialogues and White Books

Aquifer-level dialogues are and will be conducted in Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon with a wider range of stakeholders, especially local administrations and users. These dialogues are an opportunity to share and internalize the results of the project and to enable a process of dialogue between key stakeholders (government, private sector, farmers) and provide them with the opportunity to discuss successful approaches for the wider adoption of improved groundwater governance.

The dialogues will seek wide internalization of the project findings at national and local level, updating the participants with general knowledge on both the biophysical and management aspects of groundwater, drawing from the knowledge bases and illustrating the wide range of options and problems with aquifers from the region. These aquifer dialogues also serve to develop targeted partnerships and ways to accelerate the development and adoption of the projects findings. Through these discussions a multi-stakeholder dialogue will be promoted, allowing the project to move from knowledge generation and capacity building to an interactive process leading to ownership, decision-making and potential policy change at the country level.

During the aquifer dialogues, the discussion focuses on potential solutions to improve groundwater management, confronting points of view and suggestions from participants, identifying conflicts and dead ends and possible social and environmental costs with, in the end, aiming to achieve a consensus on priorities and possible technical and regulatory options.

As a final step of this process, all the information generated during these dialogues will be compiled and used as the basis for a Policy White Book on groundwater governance in each of the countries

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