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Climate-proof Watershed Management Design and Resilience: Synthesis Report
Lead Author: ESCWA


The Arab region is among the most water-scarce regions of the world. Nineteen out of twenty-two Arab States receive less than 1,000 m3 of renewable water resources per capita annually, the water scarcity threshold. Thirteen States have less than 500 m3 per capita annually. This reality makes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, Clean Water and Sanitation for All, an important priority for the Arab region and comprises the motivation behind a collaborative project between the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia: “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for water efficiency, productivity and sustainability in the Near East and North Africa region.”

This technical report provides an overview of the methodology used in the project, followed by a summary of key climate projections and climate risks and a description of the vulnerability assessments conducted for Nahr el Kabir, Nahr el Kalb and the Algerois watershed. The final sections of this report describe the process and considerations for developing intervention recommendations and the key lessons learned.

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The central aim of this Regional Knowledge Hub is to provide access to information that can facilitate cooperation, coordination, dialogue and exchange among Arab States, organizations and stakeholder and to support awareness raising as well as regional networking and exchange on issues related to climate change and water resources in the region. Access to RICCAR assessment findings and associated datasets is being made available on this Regional Knowledge Hub, which is comprised of two open-access components: a website and a data portal. This online platform complements, and builds upon, the findings and processes already presented in the main report and its technical annex, as well as the series of publications that elaborate further on the work being pursued collectively under RICCAR.