NAWAMED contributes to the World Water Day 2020 debate on "Water and climate change"


What do we mean when we say: ‘We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans’?

Climate delay is almost as dangerous as climate denial. Every country in the world must work more quickly. Extreme weather events are making water more scarce, more unpredictable, more polluted or all three.  (UN-Water Policy Brief on Climate Change and Water).

These are the themes tackled this year for the World Water Day 2020, boosting people to answering to the question: What do we mean when we say: ‘Water can help fight climate change. There are sustainable, affordable and scalable water and sanitation solutions’?

Solutions include Nature-based solutions and increasing the safe reuse of wastewater. 

Thus, finally we need to ask ourselves: What do we mean when we say: ‘Everyone has a role to play. It is surprising how many water actions anyone, anywhere can take to adapt to climate change.’?

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said: “Warnings are necessary. But fear will not get the job done.” Yes, climate change can feel scary and daunting. But there is one simple step you can take immediately that will make a big difference: don’t waste water. Learn more here

NAWAMED project contributes to this debate organizing an event in Tunisia for celebrating this important day, involving citizens, decision makers and technicians, presenting and sharing ideas and actions for sustainable water management and make everybody more and more conscious about the opportunities related to the NCW – Non Conventional Water use. The event is in the frame of Open Day organized by CERTE to celebrate WWD.  

CERTE, partner of the project, presented to group of visitors (more than 100 visitors) the challenges that the project will take on as well as the methodology and designed activities. The impact of the project on adaptation to climate change was discussed with all visitors.  

The CERTE open day event was organized the 11th of  March 2020, 9:00/16:00. 

Other partners had to cancelled or postponed their planned events  consequently to the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 and already called 2019-nCoV) diffusion. During  this complex period, we join in reiterating that you have to wash your hands often and well ... but turn off the tap in the meantime! A little attention thinking about the future and those who don't even have the opportunity to wash their hands because they don't have running water.