Green water for restoring freshwater ecosystems and adapting to changing climates
The session will highlight how Green water is accounted for in developing national utilization plans, adaptation and mitigation strategies, and protecting, and restoring freshwater ecosystems. green water can be mismanaged or used unproductively. In addition, the wise and productive use of green water has the potential to reduce demands on blue water. Because of this, green water must be accounted for, if its potential contribution to the productivity, restoration, and sustainability of freshwater ecosystems is to be understood and optimized – not least in the context of nature-based solutions.
31 October 2023 09:30 - 11:00
(Al Qahira C Ballroom)
31 October 2023 09:30 - 11:00
(Al Qahira D,E Ballroom)
Arabic to English translation
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation- Egypt (MWRI)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO
Dr. Bisher Imam served as research assistant at the (USDA-ARS), as the associate-director of the NASA funded Hydrologic Data and Information System (HyDIS) (1996-2003) at the University of Arizona, and was a founding member of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California, Irvine (2003-2010).
He joined UNESCO as a senior consultant in 2010 and was appointed in 2012 as the Deputy Secretary of UNESCO International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO. In 2015, he began field service as Regional Hydrologist for the Arab States at UNESCO Cairo Office, where responsible officer for the implementation of IHP in the Arab Region, he has been focussing on building partnerships, policy advice, and capacity building of the water sector jointly with partner Sister UN Agencies, and relevant regional entities including the Arab Ministerial Council on Water, and NGOs.
Dr. Imam is the Author and co-author of more than 60 peer reviewed publications on topics ranging from water resources management, remote sensing and hydrological processes, hydrologic modelling and climate change impacts on water resources. Dr. Imam served on several NASA, NOAA, and NSF panels and as a member of the US National Research Council’s committee on flood maps.
Dr. Youssef Brouziyne is the regional representative of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in the MENA region. His background includes Climate-Smart agriculture, sustainable water resources management, and adaptation/resilience aspects of the agricultural and water systems in arid and semi-arid areas.
Aly Abousabaa is CGIAR’s Regional Director, Central and West Asia and North Africa, as well as Director-General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). He is a strategic leader in sustainable development, climate change advocacy, and agriculture research in global dry regions. His scope covers North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central & West Asia. In addition to being an active reformer both within ICARDA and the OneCGIAR reformulation, Aly promotes the global scaling of dryland agriculture innovations to improve the livelihoods resilience of smallholder family farmers under a climate crisis. Prior to joining CGIAR to head ICARDA, Aly was Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). He led the preparation and execution of the Bank’s key strategies in the areas of agriculture, water, natural resources management, climate change, infrastructure, women, youth and governance. Through mobilizing and managing a portfolio of USD 11 billion, his work made a transformational impact on the lives of millions of people across Africa. At the AFDB, Aly also helped coordinate climate change negotiations in Africa, and acted as Gender Champion.
Dr. Essam Shaban is a full-time faculty at the Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (IGHHE) - at The American University in Cairo. He is also the Chief of Party of the Center of Excellence for Water (USAID funded project).
Mohamed has obtained his MSc and PhD from the Agricultural University of Athens – Greece (AUA), in cooperation the National Center of Scientific Research - NCSR “Demokritos” where he examined, with extensive experiments and dynamic models, the interaction between renewable energy, energy recovery, water economics in reverse osmosis desalination units for possible application in rural isolated areas.
Since 2002, Mohamed has been active in several R&D projects financed by national and European Union funds. These projects were mainly related to the development of rural areas with regards to bioenergy, fresh water production, water pumping, utilization of renewable energy sources, sea and brackish water desalination, as well as energy efficiency.
Mohamed is a short-term energy and water expert and consultant at the German GIZ and Cypriot HCL LTD, consultancy companies where he is helping the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Cypriot Ministry of Agriculture in rural development and energy efficiency in Agriculture.
Mr Steijn is a civil and coastal engineer (Delft, Netherlands) specialized in delta hydro-morphodynamics and integrated water resources and adaptive delta management. He has more than 35 years of experience in international water management, climate risk reduction, hydraulic engineering and spatial planning / integrated water resources management (IWRM, ICZM, ADM). He worked for Delft hydraulics (Deltares), had his own company Alkyon and since 2007 manages the international development projects for the global engineering company Arcadis.
Rob has led many water expert’s missions to over 40 countries worldwide to assess causes of climate risk threats, with a focus on finding the right mix between grey and green (Nature-based) infrastructure solutions. Rob is a recognized spokesman on water security-related topics.
Rob is Chairman of the supervisory board of the Netherlands Water Partnership and member of the Dutch-Egypt high level expert panel. Rob has worked in Egypt since the early nineties where his first contribuition was the training of HRI staff.
Nuria Sanz Gallego (UNESCO Cairo Officer In Charge), archaeologist and anthropologist, is an international civil servant at the United Nations. She holds a PhD in Prehistory from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and a PhD in Human Ecology from the University of Tübingen (Germany). She has developed her professional career as an expert in natural and cultural heritage management in multilateral institutions such as the Council of Europe, European Union, UNESCO and FAO since 1995. She is editor and author of specialized publications on public international law for the preservation of biological and cultural heritage, on traditional and indigenous knowledge and author and editor of more than 40 publications on World Heritage, especially on issues related to human evolution and cultural diversity. In 2009 she was appointed UNESCO's Global Coordinator for Rock Art Heritage. Throughout her professional career she has directed the Latin America and Caribbean Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, from where she has coordinated the largest nomination project for the UNESCO List: Qhapaq Ñan, The Andean Road System, a process in which the largest network of anthropological knowledge in the Andes was established in the framework of the World Heritage Convention.