Siwi Establishes New Regional Office In Amman

(MENAFN- Jordan Times) AMMAN – The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) opened its regional office in Amman in early May, marking a key step towards strengthening its engagement in West Asia and North Africa (WANA) and improving water governance in the region.

The region includes some of the most water stressed countries in the world. With population growth and climate change, water challenges are expected to increase further, a statement posted on the SIWI website said.

Just recently, the
world bank warned
that by 2030, countries in the region will fall below the absolute water scarcity threshold. Countries affected by armed conflict face even more water scarcity challenges. Disruptions in the water supply, for example, can lead to significant bottlenecks that worsen the humanitarian conditions of the affected population.

SIWI aims to assist in responding to water governance challenges in the region and the new office in Amman marks a vital step in strengthening SIWI's engagement.

The city of Amman is a regional hub for international and development organisations.

Moez Allaoui, senior manager, said:“The regional office allows us to work much more closely with our partners.”

Lara Nassar, programme manager, added that“having Arabic speaking staff with regional knowledge permanently on the ground will tremendously help our operations going forward”.

SIWI experts in the WANA office will operate in close collaboration with other SIWI staff around the world and serve as a bridge between the rest of the organisation and the region. The office will also engage in advocacy and provide technical assistance needed in the region.

One of its focuses will be around water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). There is“a high demand for WASH-related issues in the region”, said Nassar.

The regional office is working in close collaboration with UNICEF country offices and supports local, national and regional government bodies as well as international nongovernmental organisations around strengthening WASH services in the face of climate change and water scarcity, concluded the statement.


Jordan Times

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