TS4.1: Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface for Improved Integrated Water Resources Management

Convener (s): TH Köln, University of Applied Sciences

Co-Convener (s): Ain Shams University

Chairman: Prof. Lars Ribbe

Moderator: Dr.-Ing Hassan Aboelnga


Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe TH Köln, University of Applied Sciences
Dr.-Ing Hassan Aboelnga TH Köln, University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Ali Nabih El-Bahrawy Ain Shams University
Prof. Dr. Noha Donia Ain Shams University
Dr. Hussein Al-Atfy Arab Water Council
Dr. Ismail Abdel gailel Arab Water Academy
Eng. Rabab Hassan MWRI



Session Content:

The growing focus on water security and climate change offers a significant opportunity for integrated water resources management (IWRM) among science and policy communities. IWRM aims to support countries in their efforts to tackle specific water challenges and accelerate progress towards SDG 6.5.1 (IWRM), which contributes to a range of water-related SDGs and climate objectives. Despite the need to rethink water as a connector, scientific, policy, and professional communities are still organized through sectoral and disciplinary structures.

The session aims to share experiences and solutions for strengthening the science-policy interface for achieving water security in Egypt and the MENA region. Given these opportunities, and the importance of finding interdisciplinary solutions to this issue, it will be necessary to educate and engage a new generation that can shape the future and provide holistic solutions to the complex and chronic water challenges as well as policy areas including Integrated Water Resource Management, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), water, energy and food nexus security, and climate-resilient development.