Water Diplomacy Center Advocates for Transparency and Collaboration in Transboundary Water Management during APSU-led Dialogue Session at Baghdad Conference
During the second day of the Third International Baghdad Conference on Water, which took place in Baghdad from May 6th-7th, a dialogue session was held organized by the Water Sustainability Organization (APSU) under the leadership of the Secretary-General of the organization, Dr. Faisal Al-Athari, on the topic of collaboration on transboundary waters between Iraq and its neighboring countries, with a focus on transparency of information between decision-makers (government institutions) and stakeholders (local and civil society).
During the discussion, Dr. Majed Abu Zreig, Director of the Water Diplomacy Center at Jordan University of Science and Technology, spoke about the positive role of regional institutions concerned with water diplomacy in the region. He emphasized that the establishment of the center was intended to enhance this role, as it is the only center in the region dedicated to promoting cooperation in the field of shared water resources between countries and preventing conflicts through active water diplomacy.
At the end of the session, several suggestions were put forward by the participants, including the importance of giving a role to civil society organizations in disseminating information about water and the impact of climate change on local communities. Encouraging initiatives adopted by these organizations, which aim to bring together different viewpoints on regional issues between Iraq and its neighbors, was also highlighted. In addition, the conference organizers emphasized the need to enhance collaboration between government entities, civil society organizations, the private sector, United Nations organizations, and the World Bank, with the aim of promoting a collaborative approach in addressing climate change in Iraq.