WATER IN THE MENA REGION:
PREPARING FOR A CHANGING WORLD
A Conference of the
Future Earth MENA Regional Center (FEMRC) & the University of Bahrain (UoB)
02-02-2020 | Manama, Bahrain
Hosted and co-organized by the University of Bahrain, this Conference aims to bring together leading professionals, specialists, practitioners and researchers involved in solving the pressing issue of water scarcity within the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa
In addressing these water challenges, this conference has been framed in the context of an “in the MENA Region – with the MENA Region – for the MENA Region” event
The FEMRC-Bahrain conference will encourage and highlight participation from within the region and propose an approach that prioritizes both regionally-collected research and practical problem-solving measures regarding the similar and inter-related challenges affecting our water systems. The immediate objective is to find commonalities of purpose and to identify the best methods with which to share or adapt our solutions
A YEAR OF WATER Program
As part of the UoB and FEMRC’s collaboration with ACTIVATE for the conference, an ongoing Program entitled “A Year of Water” has also been developed. This program consists of a series of water-themed events, public projects and water-related exhibitions that will serve to broaden the mission and scope of the conference within the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Fully in line with the objectives of Future Earth MENA Regional Center – that of seeking the involvement to the largest extent possible of stakeholders from multiple sectors - it is hoped that the varied events of the “A Year of Water” Program will bring attention to important local and regional water issues and likewise, engage all areas of society of Bahrain in a conversation around a subject that is of such great consequence in the MENA region and globally.
The YOW Program was launched on 11 July 2019 with an event organized by the University to reach the younger citizens of Bahrain. “Water and Our Youth” was hosted at the Sharifa Alawadhi Children and Youth Club, an organization affiliated to the Ministry of Labour & Social Development, which provides cultural, educational, social and recreational services for children.