USAID Water and Livelihoods Initiative

February 15, 2011 at 6:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

WLI coordination meeting. Left to right: Dr Theib Oweis, Director, Integrated Water and Land Management Program; Dr Scott Christiansen, Senior Agricultural Advisor, USAID; Dr Kamil Shideed, ADG-International Cooperation and Communications; Dr Sandra Russo, Director, International Center, University of Florida; Dr Fadi Karam, WLI Coordinator

The USAID-funded Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) held its first Regional Coordination Meeting at ICARDA headquarters, 13-15 February. The meeting was attended by representatives from national research centers in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, and representatives from the University of California-Davis, University of Florida, USAID, as well as two regional hub universities – the University of Jordan and the American University of Beirut. The meeting created an excellent platform for each country to report on achievements during the year 2010 and to plan for the year 2011. The completion of socio-economic and biophysical data collection from each of the identified benchmark sites was a major highlight. The meeting also served as a good forum for knowledge sharing and for identifying future priorities for capacity building.

The WLI Steering Committee Meeting, held on 14 February, focused, among other things, on progress and future work plans, issues related to resource mobilization, and the need for enhancing the partnership between U.S. universities and other WLI stakeholders.


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  1. I think there should be a part of this c meeting should be open to people who are interested in water issues

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