LEARN supports a number of activities within the GEF-supported programme
“Integrated Natural Resources Management in the Middle East and North Africa”
(MENARID). In this water-stressed region, GEF IW:LEARN, in partnership with
UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme, works with ICARDA, IFAD and
others to raise awareness on the value of groundwater resources, build capacity
among project managers of both surface- and groundwater resources for more
sustainable practices, encourage managed aquifer recharge techniques, and to
increase cooperation with other International Waters projects around the world.
These goals are being achieved through targeted regional workshops, facilitated
dialogues on transboundary aquifer management, and a technical group focused on
capturing and replicating best practices. The partnership between the GEF IW:
LEARN/UNESCO-IHP and the MENARID Programme will serve to improve land and
groundwater management in the MENARID region, combat ecosystem degradation,
deepen inter-basin cooperation, and disseminate a variety of lessons-learned to
enhance the GEF International Waters focal area overall.
GEF International Waters, 7 Mar.pdf