Egypt's irrigation minister launches Cairo Water Week
Mohamed Soliman, , Sunday 20 Oct 2019

The Egyptian Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel-Ati inaugurated Egypt's second edition of Cairo Water Week (CWW) on Sunday under the theme ‘Responding to Water Scarcity.’

The event, which is organised by the UN Food and agriculture organisation in cooperation with the Arab League and the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation, aims at promoting water awareness and encouraging innovation in tackling the most pressing water-related challenges.

The event’s activities are scheduled to last until Thursday, under the patronage of Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The opening event was attended by a number of ambassadors of Arab, African and foreign countries, in addition to experts and researchers who work on finding solutions to water scarcity.

The event started with the screening of documentary movies about the importance of water in farmers' lives and the necessity of economic water usage.

The first session is scheduled to discuss how to achieve sustainable development goals with regards to water in light of the water scarcity that many countries of the world are experiencing.

According to CWW's agenda, the second day will see a discussion on cooperation in the water sector, while the third day will focus on research and innovation.

The fourth day will address the impact of climate change and how to mitigate its effects, and the last day will involve a discussion on non-conventional water resources use under scarcity conditions.