MENBO is a Regional Network within INBO (International Network of Basin Organisations) that promotes an integrated water resources management at the river basin level, as an essential tool for sustainable development. This organisation seeks to improve relationships among organisations in charge of water management in the Mediterranean region.
This website includes information, events and documents from other organisations and agencies related to water management, and promotes the exchange of knowledge among these. Most of the events announced, are thus from other sources, and include links to their websites.
The Regional Network was established in 2003, and is currently adding international members from the Mediterranean region. We hope this network will grow stronger with the support and collaboration from most of the Mediterranean countries that deal with river basin management.
Algeria and Spain have decided to jointly promote a process, in association with the countries of the 5+5 Dialogue, to develop a water strategy for the western Mediterranean basin (WSWM). The aim of this strategy is to promote sustainable water use at local, regional and national levels, through the adoption of cross-cutting goals, management criteria and operational objectives, in order to harmonise water policies in the Mediterranean. Spain and Algeria are actively involved in the peaceful resolution of international conflicts and hope this strategy may constitute a tool of preventive diplomacy, contributing to maintaining international peace and security by facilitating international cooperation on water issues.
In this context, a first high-level Workshop was held in Valencia (Spain) under the auspices of the General Secretariat of the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations (MENBO) on 25th-26th February 2014.
The second Workshop of the Water Experts Group within the 5+5 Dialogue towards a Water Strategy for the Western Mediterranean, jointly promoted by Algeria and Spain, was held in Oran, Algeria, on 26th June 2014.
The third Workshop of the 5+5 Initiative to elaborate a Water Strategy for the Western Mediterranean, lead by Algeria and Spain, was held back to back with the 15th Steering Committee Meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Water Information System (EMWIS) and the Steering Committee Meeting of the Mediterranean Knowledge Platform. On the occasion of these events, the Steering Committee Meeting of the Mediterranean Water Forum and the Mediterranean Preparatory Process for the 7th World Water Forum were celebrated. The events took place in the premises of the Júcar River Basin Authority, Valencia on the 9th and 10th of September 2014.
Earlier this year, on March 31st, a Ministerial Conference was held in Algiers (Algeria) for the official adoption of the Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean Please click on the documents names to download the Water Strategy for the Western Mediterranean and the Algiers Ministerial Declaration.
Following the approval of the Strategy we organised a working meeting (Workshop 4) that took place in Madrid (Spain) on the 10th of September 2015. The purpose of this meeting was to present the information compiled so far in regards to the Action Plan and to move forward towards finalising it. The meeting was a great success and general agreement was achieved in regards to the contents and methodology for the Action Plan.
On 24th and 25th February 2016, the 5th Workshop took place in Valencia, Spain, in the headquarters of the Júcar River Basin Authority. The meeting was devoted to discussing the state of play of the Action Plan, to the presentation of the projects proposed so far by the different members and to the dissemination strategy of the Action Plan. A thematic technical session related to the sustainability of dams in the Western Mediterranean was also organized on this occasion. The Action Plan was well received by the members and a calendar was agreed towards its endorsement at Ministerial level. Please click here to see the relevant meeting documents.
Please click here to see the meeting agenda and other information.
|5th Workshop Valencia - February 2016|
|4th Workshop Madrid - September 2015|
|Ministerial Conference Algiers - March 2015|
|1st Workshop Valencia - February 2014|
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The 23rd Economic and Environmental Forum of the OSCE was held in Prague (Czech Republic) on 14-16 September 2015. During the event, within the "Water governance in the OSCE area - increasing security and stability through co-operation" Concluding Meeting, the General Coordinator of MENBO was invited to present the recently approved Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean.
The "9TH WORLD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF BASIN ORGANIZATIONS" took place from 12 to 16 August 2013, at the Marina Park Hotel in Fortaleza - Ceará - Brazil. MENBO celebrated its Liaison Bureau meeting on the occasion of this important event.
More information and related documents on http://www.inbo-news.org
The MENBO Liaison Bureau took place 16th of October in Istanbul (Turkey) on the occasion of the EURO-INBO Conference on the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.
A results summary, participant list, presentation on the network activities and the dossier for participants can be downloaded here.
All information about the EURO-INBO Conference can be found on the INBO website.
The workshop “Tools to support and improve the Integrated Water Resources Management: STRATEAU and AQUATOOL. A Mediterranean Perspective” organised by the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations and the Technical University of Valencia in collaboration with the Water Embassy and the kind contribution of the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean took place the 20th of September 2012 in the premises of the Technical University of Valencia (Spain).
This event brought together more than 50 experts from the Mediterranean region, amongst them water managers, professors, researchers, students, representatives of water user organisations, private companies and other stakeholders. This workshop was focused mainly on the applicability of two tools that support the integrated water resources management: AQUATOOL and STRATEAU, developed respectively by the Technical University of Valencia (Spain) and the Water Embassy (France).
In a first place technical overviews on both tools and demonstrations of their practical application have been given. In the following the workshop was organised in three round tables on:
1 – Perspectives and application of the tools in River Basin Organisations
2 – Integrated water resources management in education: STRATEAU and AQUATOOL as examples
3 – Integrated water management tools in the Mediterranean.
Please click here to find all presentations and more pictures of the event.
Due to changes in the Portuguese water administration a personnel change in the MENBO Presidency was produced on the occasion of the World Water Forum 6.
The Portuguese MENBO Presidency 2011-2013 will be from now on represented by Mr. Manuel Lacerda, Vice-President of the Portuguese Water Institute (Instituto da Água - INAG).
The Permanent Technical Secretariat and the members of MENBO thank Mr. António Guerreiro de Brito, who represented the Portuguese MENBO Presidency since the 9th MENBO General Assembly, celebrated in October 2011 in Porto (Portugal), for his strong commitment with the network. We wish António all the best for his future and hope to keep in touch.
|Mr. António Guerreiro de Brito, MENBO President 2011-2012,
Mr. Javier Ferrer, Permanent Technical Secretary of MENBO and
Mr. Manuel Lacerda, new MENBO President (from left to right)
Mr. Teodoro Estrela Monreal, Head of the Hydrological Planning Office of the Júcar River Basin Authority (CHJ) in Valenica (Spain), was appointed new Permanent Technical Secretary of MENBO by Ms. María Ángeles Ureña, President of the CHJ.
CHJ hosts the head office of the MENBO Secretariat since the creation of the network in the year 2002. Following the statutes of the network the position of the Secretary of MENBO is represented by the associated organisation where the MENBO secretariat is located: the CHJ (Articles 18 and 15).
The former Permanent Technical Secretary of MENBO, Mr. Javier Ferrer Polo, has left this position and was appointed new Water Commissary of the Júcar River Basin Authority. MENBO members and secretariat thank him for his successful work in the last years and we are looking forward to further collaborate with him in the future.
If you require further information you can find the MENBO statutes in French, Spanish and English under the following links: