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Water Management, a catalyst for rural development – Dean Mohtar concept to WWC

As Governor of the World Water Council and Chair of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Taskforce, Dean Rabi Mohtar worked with the IWRM Taskforce members on a new vision and developed terms of reference (ToR), a framework of activities, and an action plan for IWRM.  The ToR were discussed by the Board of Governors in Cairo. 

The new terms of agreement of IWRM and general activity plan focus on three main work streams: 

  •  1. An evidence-based vision for water security, with a proposal to reach out specifically to non-water sector actors in health, education, energy, agriculture, industry, etc.; 
  • 2. Case studies showing effective implementation of IWRM to deliver Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), and climate impacts through adaptation, perhaps with a focus on bringing in multi-sector stakeholder platforms from public, private, academia and civil society;  
  • 3. A proposed new work stream for finding solutions to water quality issues, which will include looking at technologies, but also the enabling environment and regulations. 

We are currently awaiting approval of the council to resume the work on the case studies involving on the ground application s with partners in Senegal. 

​As co-chair of the Rural Development Pilot Group, Dean Mohtar co-authored, with Dr. Sasha KooOshima (FAO), Dr. Sandra Yanni (FAFS), and Dr. Roula Bachour (FAFS), a concept note presenting a framework for addressing water management as a catalyst for rural development. The concept note is to be discussed at the 9th edition of the World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal 2021, and includes a summary of current and projected water challenges as a background for the framework. Built on a holistic system-based approach – the Five Pillars Alliance (Water-Energy-Food-Health-Education), the framework integrates water resource management, energy management and allocation, governance and policy, stakeholder engagement and investments, and takes into consideration socioeconomic, health, and food security issues.

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