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Proceedings on Expert Consultation for Launchinf the Regional Network on Wastewater Re-use in the Near East





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    Wastewater Reuse in the Near East Region: Experience and Issues
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    Wastewater in most countries of the Near East Region (NER) is being more and more recognized as of vital importance to be treated and made safe for reuse. It contributes considerably to the water budget in several countries, particularly those suffering from water scarcity. Treated wastewater is used directly in irrigation of farms or landscape green areas. Limited indirect use includes recharge of groundwater aquifers to control over-draft and salt intrusion in coastal areas. A large share of w astewater is still not treated and part of it is used in an uncontrolled manner, including for the production of uncooked food crops the consumption of which poses health risks. Expansion of treated wastewater reuse in the region is linked to a number of issues and constraints. The high cost of treatment and management of reclaimed wastewater is one of the major limitations facing the week economy of most countries. Unclear polices, institutional conflicts and lack of regulatory frameworks con stitute other important constraints that hinder implementation and proper operation of wastewater reuse projects. The manpower capacity is at varying levels between countries, but additional training and capacity strengthening are generally needed throughout the region. This paper gives an overview of the existing practices of wastewater reuse in the NER and of the constraints facing it. It concludes with recommendations and policy options that are likely to lift these constraints and to make a better use of the wastewater potential.
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    Towards the implementation of the SSF Guidelines in the Near East and North Africa Region. Proceedings of the Near East and North Africa Regional Consultation Towards the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman, 7-10 December 2015 2016
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    This document provides a summary of the presentations, discussions, conclusions and recommendations of the Near East and North Africa Regional Consultation Workshop on the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, on 7–10 December 2015. The report was prepared by the Centre for Marketing Information and Advisory Services for Fishery Products in the Arab Region (INFOSAMAK) with important contributions by Nicole Franz, Lena Westlund, Cherif Toueilib and workshop presenters and participants. The workshop was co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the collaboration of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). The presentations given by the speakers are reproduced as submitted, as is the material included in the ann exes.
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    Report of the regional expert consultation of the Asia-Pacific network for food and nutrition on food composition activities 2003
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    An account of the consultation at the FAO regional office in Bangkok from 18 to 21 November 2003, attended by 15 experts from ten member countries. Reliable and updated food composition statistics are vital for national planning and policy making on food security and nutrition. The expert consultation reviewed the food composition activities in the region, developed strategies for enhancing the quality and quantity of food composition data and provided guidance towards the development of b etter methodologies and procedures on food composition. The experts also examined the usage of food composition data in a wide range of areas such as evaluating diets and food preparations, including considerations of its use in trade, preservation of agro-biodiversity, and risk reduction for chronic diet related diseases.

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