Network Convenes Water Footprint Assessment (WFA) Training in Bahrain
MENA NWC co-convened a regional training course — Water Footprint Assessments for GCC and Arab Countries — held at Arabian Gulf University (AGU) in Bahrain from 20-22 April 2015. The course was offered jointly with AWARENET, the Water, Science & Technology Association (WSTA), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), and Cap-Net UNDP. Through a competitive application process, the Network covered the cost of 13 staff from Member Centers to attend the training. Network-funded participants represented nine member Centers.
Following the course, MENA NWC-sponsored participants stayed in Bahrain for an additional day to prepare research proposals to be funded by MENA NWC in partnership with external investors. Developing new research proposals is a practical exercise directly linked to MENA NWC's fundraising efforts. New collaborative research proposals that practically address regional water challenges demonstrate to private industry, public institutions, and investors the importance and convening power of MENA NWC.