Hani Sewliam, Egypt's Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, chairs a meeting to follow up on the preparations of the upcoming CWW (Photo: Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources)
The sixth CWW, scheduled for 29 October through 2 November, will be held under motto “Actions on Adaptation in Water Sector for Sustainability.”
Sewilam chaired a meeting on Monday to oversee the final preparations of the event. He noted that 66 research papers by 56 researchers from 12 countries will be presented at the event.
The event will also involve the evaluation of 70 experiments carried out by farmers and water users to identify optimal agricultural practices, Sewilam stated.
This year’s CWW will introduce a novel competition titled “The Innovation Award in Water Management” to identify best practical ideas for sustainably managing water resources.
So far, 23 ideas have been submitted, according to the minister.
Egypt annually hosts this event to raise awareness about water-related issues and confront the most pressing water challenges.
Last year’s edition, which took place ahead of COP27 hosted in Sharm El-Sheikh, featured the participation of 66 international organizations.
Egypt's per capita annual water allocation stands at 500 cubic metres, whereas the UN defines water scarcity as double this amount.
Sewilam previously noted that Egypt faces a water deficit of 120 billion cubic metres, which is approximately 55 percent of its total water needs.