18 October 2023, Valencia. The Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) with their partners are organizing the kick-off meeting of the 5th edition of the Mediterranean Water Forum on 18 October2023 in Valencia, Spain.
The meeting is the place to decide the pilot of the different sessions of the Forum and the selection of the presentations for each session. The general idea is to give the floor to the largest number of Mediterranean countries and organizations to express themselves during the Forum.
The 5th MWF Tunis 2024 will be co-organized by Tunisian Government – MWI and UfM. It will take place in the Cité de la Culture. The main Thematic of the forum is : “For a new culture of Water” which corresponds to the necessity to have a new vision of the Water uses in the different sectors of world economy (Agriculture, Industry, Urban, Rural, Tourism and Nature). That also includes the indispensable alliance with other main Commons: Food, Health, Energy, Education and Biodiversity, the five fingers alliance with the palm of the hand: “Water”.
The main theme of the 10th World Water Forum, to be held from 18 to 24 May 2024 in Bali, Indonesia, will be “Water for Shared Prosperity” with six main themes as follows:
• Water Security and Prosperity
• Water for Humans and Nature
• Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
• Cooperation and Hydro-diplomacy
• Water Finance
• Knowledge and Innovation
Discussions will be likely focused on identifying effective responses to ensure water security. This theme is of crucial importance for the Mediterranean where demographic trends, socio-economic challenges and the effects of climate change have a major impact on water management. However, to ensure its sustainable development, the Mediterranean has always been able to manage and transform the challenges brought by water scarcity into opportunities.
The Mediterranean process will be all about providing perspectives on water based on local needs and identifying best practices and technologies developed to present them as answers to the challenges of water security in the region.