Environment, Resources & Sustainability
Viktoria Ivanova, Chiara Azzarelli, Alexander Pechmann, Deepashree Maledavar
Implementing the 2030 Agenda for water efficiency/productivity and water sustainability in Near East and North Africa countries (NENA)
"Through our capstone project, we had the opportunity to be part of FAO's ongoing project, 'Implementing the 2030 agenda for water efficiency, productivity and sustainability in Near East North Africa countries', where we gathered preliminary information on water allocation and distribution issues in the study areas of Jordan and Lebanon. This research lays groundwork for FAO's project in the region and equipped us with practical and necessary skills for conducting water governance analysis by piloting a newly developed framework, collaborating with an international organisation, and navigating as a team to overcome challenges like remote working and different time zones".
Dubravka Bojic and Domitille Vallee, FAO
"FAO was initiating a new methodology pilot on water governance analysis in four countries in the NENA region, prepared in collaboration with Professor Mark Hufty. We felt that the fresh eyes and spirit of students trained on governance issues would add value to our work. The work on water governance is analytical and involves understanding the context-specific governance system without judging it, providing support for stakeholders, and creating space for dialogue, debate and joint development of potential solutions to priority water problems. The plan was to combine literature review with field work that had not been possible because of the pandemic. Despite this, significant interactions were established with local stakeholders.
Viktoria, Chiara, Alexander and Depashree were very enthusiastic about the activity despite the impossibility to travel to pilot countries. We appreciated the diversity of the team and their open spirit to new issues. They engaged well with local stakeholders and supported a good initial assessment phase."