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Near East and North Africa Regional Forest Resource Assessment 2020

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FAO. 2021. Near East and North Africa Regional Forest Resource Assessment 2020 – Extent, changes and trends. Cairo.




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    The solution to water scarcity in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region has been illuminated through the "2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity & Water Sustainability (WEPS)" project. This initiative has brought significant breakthroughs in eight target countries, namely Algeria, Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Palestine. The accomplishments include the adaptation of water accounting standards in line with global and scientific criteria, the endorsement of the water–energy–food nexus approach, and the development of top-tier knowledge products that have fostered knowledge sharing across these nations. However, challenges like the pandemic aftermath, initial implementation hiccups, and gender inclusion hurdles have arisen. Moving forward, the emphasis is on continued advocacy and collaboration, bolstered commitment to the water–energy–food nexus, expansive knowledge outreach, and enhanced regional partnerships, with an aim to integrate the insights gained into future regional plans.

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