Water Scarce Cities Initiative: Events and Engagement
January 01-August 30, 2017Global

The Water Scarce Cities Initiative offers a new avenue for knowledge sharing on urban water management by creating and sustaining stronger connections between cities facing water scarcity, and enabling urban water practitioners, global thought leaders and institutions to share solutions specific to that context. Please find below the events under the Water Scarce Cities Initiative, which have enabled to urban water practitioners to engage on this topic and stay tuned for future events.

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Last Updated: Feb 01, 2018

Past Events:


Water scarce cities: Towards urban water security under scarcity
World Water Week - Stockholm, Sweden

Date: August 30th, 2017

Conveners: Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) and The World Bank Group

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Water Scarce Cities Second Technical Workshop
Beirut, Lebanon

Date: July 10-11, 2017

The World Bank’s Water Scarce Cities Initiative held a second technical workshop to discuss principles and successful applications of integrated urban water management in a water scarce environment. 

· Partners and Stakeholders: Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean

· Participants: Over 25 participants from the Mashreq, and the Gulf countries, including utility representatives, government delegations, and other donors involved in the sector, as well as international speakers and participants.

· Key takeaways

  • Enhance coordination between all actors in the urban space and with Water Resources Management (WRM) stakeholders to yield integrated solutions;
  • Improve communication between WSS utilities and users so that the value of water is increased, and not only through the cost of service;
  • Achieve 2/47 water services as this is essential to reduce Non-Revenue Water (NRW) beyond fixing leaks, and the focus should be on saving water, managing pressure, and dealing with commercial losses;
  • Understand that the water-energy-food nexus must be taken into account if we are to build truly resilient cities.

View the presentation slides:

Selected Urban Water Challenges. Examples from Dobrich Water Operator, Bulgaria. Are any of them applicable to Middle East Region?
City of Windhoek – Namibia Water Security Experience
- Integrated Urban Water Management, City of Marrakech  
- Greater Beirut Water Supply and Augmentation Projects (Bisri Dam & Awali projects)
- Setting the Stage – Dealing with Urban Water Scarcity
- Water Security in Tucson, Arizona, US
- Kurdistan Region – Iraq Ministry of Municipality and Tourism Regional Directorate of Water and Sewerage, Potable Water and Waste Water
- Malta Water Security Experience
- Cyprus Water Security Experience
- Drought Response the California Water Experience

View the full agenda: English 


Water Scarce Cities Regional Workshop
Casablanca, Morocco

Date: May 22-23, 2017

This workshop aimed to facilitate knowledge exchange and develop a network of practitioners from water-scarce cities in the Western Mediterranean region by sharing innovative solutions to improve water management in fast-growing urban areas affected by water scarcity, including cities in Morocco.

· Partners and Stakeholders: Government of Morocco, ONEE, 5 + 5 Water Strategy for Western Mediterranean

· Participants: Close to 60 participants from the Western Mediterranean region, including utility representatives, government delegations and other donors involved in the sector, participated in the workshop, as well as international speakers from Las Vegas (USA), Cyprus, Barcelona (Spain) and Malta.

· Key takeaways: Does the role of utilities in MENA have to shift to go beyond service provision and embrace the management of water scarcity? In some ways, it already has, by focusing on improving the efficiency of services, and managing water demand through tariffs and other instruments. Service providers and policy makers from Barcelona, Malta, Cyprus and Nevada emphasized the importance of an integrated and clear governance framework for water resources and water and sanitation services provision. The latter often takes time and goes beyond the traditional role of the utility. Engaging with stakeholders, including youth, is critical to ensuring water scarcity planning and solutions are acceptable to the population.

View the presentation slides:
- Setting the stage – dealing with urban water scarcity
- Barcelona water security experience
- Innovative water conservation and groundwater management approaches in Las Vegas
- Diversifying water resources to address water scarcity in Malta
- Improved sector efficiency, desalination and wastewater reuse to build drought resilience in Cyprus
- Supporting integrated water resources management: best practices for rainwater management and wastewater treatment and reuse

View the full agenda: English | French


Regional Mediterranean Workshop on Desalination, Non Revenue Water Reduction and Public-Private Partnership under Water Scarcity

Marseille, France

Date: February 12-14, 2017

A number of water utilities in the Mediterranean have had substantial success in tackling physical water scarcity by, inter alia, using desalination to diversify water resources and hedge against drought risks, reducing leakages from distribution, and adopting a more integrated approach to managing the water cycle under conditions of scarcity. The focus of the workshop was on approaches that can help better manage supply and demand through desalination, water reuse and Non Revenue Water reduction with the help of the private sector.

· Partners and Stakeholders: The Center for Mediterranean Integration

· Participants: Close to 80 participants from utilities, governments, donors and civil society organizations from the Mediterranean.

· Key takeaways: For the Mediterranean region, water scarcity solutions must embrace a combination of policy, technology and management systems, and most importantly the development of a "made in the Mediterranean" expertise. It is important for service providers and policy-makers to consider desalination, water reuse and Non Revenue Water (NRW) - topics that are often addressed separately - as a whole, by developing and diversifying conventional and non-conventional resources, managing demand by reducing urban water needs, and looking at potential trade-offs by cooperating with other users in or beyond the basin. This workshop also allowed participants to hear recommendations from the private sector on NRW and desalination on how to decrease project risks and enhance sustainability.  

· Download the presentations and the summary report

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2017