Training Workshop on ‘Water Monitoring Network and Early Warning System’
Date: 16-19 August 2021
Venue: Virtual-SESRIC, Ankara - Türkiye

Within the framework of its Water Resources Management Capacity Building Programme (Water-CaB), SESRIC, in cooperation with the Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM), organised a Training Workshop on “Water Monitoring Network and Early Warning System” on 16-19 August 2021 through an online video conferencing platform.

The training workshop was provided by competent experts from the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon, Lebanese University and INWRDAM for the benefit of 88 participants from the National Water Resources Authorities of 21 OIC member countries.

The main objective of the training workshop was to strengthen the technical capacities of the professional staff through the exchange of knowledge, experience and good practices. The training workshop provided insights into relevant technical subjects such as ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR), digitalization of early warning systems, traditional and rapid microbiological tests and the latest techniques of water testing and water monitoring network.

During his welcoming remarks, H.E. Mr. Nebil DABUR, Director General of SESRIC, emphasized that the OIC member countries face severe water-related constraints and challenges due to rapid urbanization, increased economic activities and rising consumption that place further pressures on water demand. On the other hand, non-revenue water, pollution, climate change, hydrologic variability, land use and changing ecosystems limit water availability, he added. Therefore, he stated that the water monitoring network and early warning system, among other successful solutions developed to address various aspects of the water-related challenges, stand out as an advanced framework to ensure the safe supply of drinking water and quality control in the water distribution network. He concluded his remarks by expressing SESRIC’s willingness and readiness to further facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience among the OIC member countries through various south-south cooperation modalities in the domain of water.

In his welcoming remarks, H.E. Dr. Marwan ALRAGGAD, Executive Director of INWRDAM, stressed that as of 2021, environmental risks are on top of all dangers that the world is facing. Therefore, the climate action failure poses more threat to human security in the form of serious risk of disaster and looming water and food crises. Thus, this failure is threatening the social stability of human beings, he added. Moreover, he expressed his gratitude for this collaboration opportunity with SESRIC and underlined that exchanging expertise, ideas, and knowledge among the water authorities could develop better strategies in the domain of water and strengthen cooperation among the OIC member countries.

This training workshop was designed in line with the virtual training solutions undertaken by SESRIC to better serve the Centre’s training activities and keep participants motivated and engaged during this challenging time of global crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All presentations of the training workshop are available at this link.