Membership in international and regional networks
WORLD WATER COUNCIL
In 2004, the Foundation became an active member of the World Water Council (WWC). In 2009, the foundation acquired a seat in the Board of Governors, in which Lebanon was represented in, for the first time. The foundation triggered on the international level the water issues facing the arab region in general and Lebanon in particular.
In 2018, the foundation was nominated as the Vice-Chair of the Citizen Forum and a member in the international steering committee (ISC), on the 8th world water forum which was held in Braslia, Brazil. The foundation elaborated the concept of inclusive governance in water management.
Since 2005, the Foundation is also a member of the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network (AWARENET), a network of training and research institutions in the Arab region providing capacity building on Integrated Water Resources Management. AWARENET is supported and hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
ARAB WATER COUNCIL
In 2013, the foundation acquired a seat in the Arab Water Council (AWC) board of governors, which was renewed for the period of 2019-2021, where the foundation became a member of the Governors’ Bureau.
The foundation is a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Water Academy (AWA). The academy was initiated by the Arab Water Council (AWC) as a regional center of excellence to promote innovative perspectives on making the most of water scarcity in the Arab region. It aims, through state-of-the-art executive education and capacity development program, to accelerate the shift from a focus on water supply augmentation and direct service provision to integrated water management and service regulation.
The foundation is an active member of the Lebanese Network since 2006. The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures is a network of civil society organizations dedicated to promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region.
In 2004, the Foundation implemented a project as a member of Anna Lindh national network as follows:
The project aimed at tackling the problems and challenges facing the water resource of Ras El Ain-Baalbeck. It is a pilot project that is stressing on the participatory approach concept, involving stakeholders (SHs) in identifying problems and developing solutions concerning the water issues in their region, and that are affecting their everyday life.
The project main objective was to insure ownership among the local community and flagged the water stewardship among the local stakeholders (SH). The foundation organized awareness workshops on the concept of sustainable development to secure the local stakeholders’ understanding of an integrated water management and governance, in order to change in their way of thinking and behavior.
mEDITERRANEAN WATER INSTITUTE
In 2014, the Foundation became an active member in the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME). Within its network of experts, IME promotes the know-how in the field of water in the Mediterranean and the adoption of good water management practices from a sustainable development perspective.
IME and Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) organized a Mediterranean preparatory process for the 8th World Water Forum 2018 in Brasilia, to build with all Mediterranean water stakeholders a regional voice in the process of the 8th Water Forum. In this context the Foundation participated, as a Co-Chair of the Citizen Forum.
The main message delivered by the Foundation was as follows:
The civil society groups are much needed to fulfill the role as watchdogs, to strengthen the ethical components and advocacy for the rights of the ones that have been, till now, left behind.
We call upon a strong transformation and empowerment of the civil society groups to ensure their core mission, integrity, objectives, trust and to hold all stakeholders accountable, including themselves.
Not only the exchange of technical knowledge is the main engine to undertake water governance reforms in which the Mediterranean region is immersed, but also the community knowledge and its proper inclusion in decision making.
We should note that efforts to build capacity in communities could generate social, environmental and economic payoffs.
Civil society participation allows social mobilization to take action on the ground, to networking and even to mobilize local and international resources.