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SWAP Final Conference

SWAP Final Conference

“Framing Sustainability in  Water Policy Evaluation

 25 November  2009

Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo di Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB)


Water management policies constitute a fundamental issue in the sustainable development of the Mediterranean region, particularly with regard to the agricultural sector.


In the last two decades several Mediterranean countries, both from North and South Mediterranean, have undergone to a period of remarkable changes in their water policies. For this reason addressing water policy evaluation is important to enhance sustainability in the region.


In spite of the policy dialogue and cooperation undertaken by the north and south Mediterranean countries, one issue remains on how to use a generalised evaluation approach to assess policies implementation across all the region (EU and non-EU countries).


The SWAP project

SWAP project aimed at stimulating communication and dialogue on the evaluation of water policy sustainability in the Mediterranean agriculture.  Sustainability goals, indicators and water policies have been selected for the assessment exercise, which has been carried out on a full participatory base, also considering the most commonly known sustainability principles, as well as the social needs at local and regional level.


The Final Conference

The Conference on “Framing sustainability in  water policy evaluation” is the final event of SWAP project. The Conference will bring together the SWAP partners and the different local and regional key-actors, with the aim to: i) secure a good dissemination of results beyond the local stakeholder fora established in the case studies; ii) improve the awareness of policy makers and politics on the need of linking policy implementation with societal,  local needs and with   sustainability criteria and iii) seek stakeholders’ agreement on the most appropriate regional approach and method to evaluate water policies in the region.  In addition, the conference will attempt the regionalisation of the assessment method




First Session Chairman: Eng. Dr. Nicola Lamaddalena


9h30  - 10h00

Welcome (The Director of CIHEAM-IAMB, EC, Head of Land & Water Department of CIHEAM-IAMB)

10h00– 10h15

A brief outline of the SWAP assessment methodology

(CIHEAM-IAMB,    A. Scardigno )

10h15 – 10h45

Agricultural and Water Policies in the Mediterranean countries: how they can contribute to the sustainable development of the region.

(Michel Soulié, IME)

10h45 – 11h00



Second Session   Chairman: Alessandra Scardigno


11h00 – 11h30

Presentation of the pilot areas

(A. Iglesias, UPM)

11h30 – 12h00

The experience of the local Fora: weaknesses and strengths of a participatory approach

(I. Abd El Al and K. Karaa, Lebanon)

12h00 – 12h30

The selection of indicators

(M. Blinda, PLAN BLEU)

12h30 – 13h00

The results of the Policy Evaluation Process

(A. Aboutallah and R.Moussadek, Morocco)

13h00- 15h00


15h00 – 17h00

Round table on “Framing sustainability in  water policy evaluation

(Chairman: CIHEAM-IAMB)

-  Regionalisation of the SWAP method and transfer to other areas in the Mediterranean.

 - Developing a common / regional vision for water policies evaluation.

-  Recommendations for the dissemination of SWAP.

17h00 – 17h30

Water policy and  Sustainability in the Mediterranean: EC forthcoming research initiatives

(I.TUSSAI, European Commission, DG Research)

17h30 – 18h00