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Egypt launches fifth edition of Cairo Water Week ahead of COP27 – Society – Egypt

Egypt launched the fifth edition of Cairo Water Week on Sunday, October 16, 2022 (Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation)

This year’s edition has more than 1,000 participants from 70 countries and 66 international organizations.

The annual event, which aims to raise awareness of water issues and promote innovation to tackle the most pressing water challenges, is scheduled to run until Wednesday.

The four-day event takes place under the auspices of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and is organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources and the European Union Delegation to Egypt.

El-Sisi is expected to deliver a recorded speech during the opening session.

The occasion brings together policy makers, diplomats, representatives of UN agencies and regional organizations, financial institutions and donors, water experts from public and private institutions and the media to discuss the key policies, strategies and plans to address climate and water challenges.

CWW is one of several preparatory events for COP27, the irrigation ministry said in a statement on Friday.

CWW’s recommendations will be presented at the conference’s water pavilion.

COP27 will be held from November 6 to 18 in the seaside city of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea.

The EU Delegation to Egypt said in a statement that renowned water experts will share the latest developments in global water sector trends and exchange ideas and innovative solutions to improve sustainable resource management. in water through various plenary sessions and high-level events.

This edition will focus on the five sub-themes titled “Water Security and Climate Change”, “Protecting Deltas”, “Water-Related Adaptations to Climate Change”, “Water, Climate Change and Future Cooperation” and “Climate Disaster Preparedness and Management.

CWW 2022 will also be organized alongside the conference activities, allowing public and private institutions in the water sector and related companies and industries to showcase their cutting-edge products, programs and technologies in desalination, renewable energy and water conservation.

The event also includes competitions, including for the best graduation project for university graduates 2021-2022, the three-minute thesis competition for master’s students and the competition for young STEM water inventors. for high school students.

The winners of all three competitions will be recognized at CWW’s awards ceremony on Wednesday.

Egypt, one of the most water-scarce countries in the world, pays particular attention to water-related issues.

Egypt needs 114 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year, but on average it receives only 60 bcm, mainly from the Nile, given the very limited amounts of rainwater and groundwater in the desert. .

Egypt is working to fill the void through the reuse of agricultural wastewater and groundwater, in addition to importing food products that would otherwise consume 34 billion m3 of water per year for their production.

Egypt has developed a strategy for its water resources up to 2050, at a cost of up to EGP 900 billion (about $57.3 billion). The issue is also included in its recently released National Climate Change Strategy 2050.

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