10 April 2019 | 11 minutes.

The Mediterranean Youth for Water Network (MedYWat)

Francisco Pedrero
MedYWat Coordinator, Irrigation Department,CEBAS-CSIC, Murcia (Spain)
Kholoud Al-Ajarma
MedYWat Coordinator, the Refugee Youth Forum, (Palestine)
Maha Al-Salehi
MedYWat Coordinator, UT SEMIDE, Sophia Antipolis (France)
Janette Uhlmann
Center for Mediterranean Integration, Marseille (France)
Michael Karner
Research Analyst, REVOLVE

Francisco Pedrero, MedYWat Coordinator, Irrigation Department,CEBAS-CSIC, Murcia (Spain)

Kholoud Al-Ajarma, MedYWat Coordinator, the Refugee Youth Forum, (Palestine)

Maha Al-Salehi, MedYWat Coordinator, UT SEMIDE, Sophia Antipolis (France)

Janette Uhlmann, Center for Mediterranean Integration, Marseille (France)

Michael Karner, Research Analyst, REVOLVE

Empowering, Connecting & Change-Making

If you are wondering who is working on making a better future for water around the Mediterranean, this is how it’s being done!

The Mediterranean region is a rich region in terms of culture, history, tourism and agriculture with over 20 countries hosting around 480 million people largely along 46,000 km of coastline connecting three continents: Africa, Asia and Europe EA 2015). However, the region faces considerable challenges, notably climate change, increasing rates of water scarcity and imbalances in water distribution. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the most water scarce region in the world, with 15 countries in the region suffering from extreme water scarcity (less than 500 m³/year of renewable water per capita).

To tackle this challenge, a spectrum of actors needs to be involved in finding mitigation possibilities and adaptation solutions. We believe youth have played and continue to play an active role in the fields of water security and better water awareness at the local, national and regional levels all around the Mediterranean. Indeed, young people are innovating on water, and their actions and ideas should be acknowledged, shared and replicated to create a more secure regional water future. One example of how Mediterranean youth is contributing to water solutions is the Mediterranean Youth for Water network (MedYWat).

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