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​​​A) Priority Setting Workshop:
A three day LAKI priority setting workshop for the North Africa subregion was held in the impressive Library of Alexandria, Egypt on 19-21 September 2017. The workshop was co-organized with the UN Environment Programme and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The intellectual inputs of eight multi-stakeholder group members over the course of three days and a rigorous methodology resulted in 18 priority knowledge gaps for the subregion covering Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. These knowledge gaps address water resources, coastal zones, agriculture and desertification. 
Please click here to access the full workshop report​​​.
 
B) Priority Adaptation Knowledge Gaps and Actions Undertaken to Close the Priority Knowledge Gaps:
Over 2020 and 2021, the LAKI has engaged international regional, national and local partners to identify and codesign joint actions to close the knowledge gaps noted in the priority setting workshop. 
The organizations convened, expressed an interest to work together to address the priority adaptation knowledge gaps. In addition to a pre-engagement virtual process (which including one-to-one meetings with each participating organization), three other technical meetings were convened to:​
  • encourage representatives from the participating organizations to share ideas on potential proposals to close priority knowledge gaps with target users in mind
  • support discussions to unpack the proposals including the knowledge outputs in more depth 
  • provide guidance on access to finance to implement the proposals suggested.  

Progress for each action will be showcased at events throughout the year, including the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November and the MENA Regional Climate Week in March 2022.
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For the North Africa subregion, the work has been undertaken in collaboration with the UNFCCC-WGEO Regional Collaboration Center for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia based in Dubai (RCC Dubai), the UNEP Regional Office for West Asia, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA​).

The priority knowledge gaps identified for the North Africa subregion are are provided in the table below.

No.

Thematic area

Gap Description Cluster Knowledge User  Proposed Actions to close the Priority Gaps

1)

Agriculture

Lack of access to data related to rain-fed agriculture and irrigated agriculture

Lack of access [2]

Researchers, scholars

  • MENA-Grand Challenge of Climate Smart AgriFood Transformation. Lead organization: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) [ongoing]

2)

Water resources

Lack of accessible information on climate change impacts on water resources

Lack of access [2]

Water sector managers and policy makers

  • MENA-Grand Challenge of Climate Smart AgriFood  Transformation. Lead organization: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)​ [ongoing]
  • ​MENA Regional Climate Observatory Network (MRCON). Lead organization: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)​ [ongoing]

3)

Water resources

Limited understanding of climate variability and trends, including placing current observations into historical context

Lack of actionable knowledge (e.g., in need of repackaging existing knowledge), lack of tools/methods [Mix]

Water infrastructure designers

  • MENA-Grand Challenge of Climate Smart AgriFood  Transformation. Lead organization: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)​ [ongoing]
  • Water Governance capacity-building, guidelines and implementation. Lead organization: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) [ongoing]
  • Innovation Hub-Scaling up and enabling environment. Lead organization: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) [ongoing]

4)

Water resources

Insufficient knowledge on rainfall historical data, trends and projections

Lack of data, lack of access [Mix]

Water resource planners

  • ​MENA Regional Climate Observatory Network (MRCON). Lead organization: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)​ [ongoing]

5)

Desertification

Insufficient knowledge and information sharing on solutions/ good practices and lessons learned to combat desertification

Lack of data, lack of access [Mix]

Water infrastructure designers

6)

Agriculture

Lack of awareness on negative climate change impacts on yield

Lack of access [2]

Water resource planners

7)

Coastal zones

Lack of information for developing resilience strategies in urban planning in coastal zones

Lack of data [1]

Ministries of Agriculture

8)

Water resources

Lack of accurate information on status of water resources (i.e. water availability, consumption patterns, water quality)

Lack of data [1]

Ministries of Water

  • ​MENA Regional Climate Observatory Network (MRCON). Lead organization: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)​[ongoing]
  • Water Governance capacity-building, guidelines and implementation. Lead organization: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) [ongoing]​

9)

Agriculture

Lack of awareness on negative climate change impacts on livelihoods

Lack of access, lack of actionable knowledge (e.g., need to repackage existing knowledge) [Mix]

Farmers organizations, local authorities

  • ​Smart Agriculture Application (mobile app) -Jordan. Proposed by: National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) [ongoing]

10)

Desertification

Insufficient information and knowledge about interconnections between desertification and socio-economic development

Lack of data, lack of actionable knowledge (e.g., need to repackage existing knowledge) [Mix]

Government, agricultural and rural advisory services providers

  • Innovation Hub-Scaling up and enabling environment. Lead organization: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) [ongoing]
  • Drought Monitoring and Drought Prepardness Plan. Proposed by: National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) [ongoing]

11)

Agriculture

 

Limited information and knowledge sharing on interlinkages with other sectors​

 

Lack of access, lack of actionable knowledge (e.g., need to repackage existing knowledge) [Mix]

Decision makers, policy makers and planners

12)

Coastal zones

Limited knowledge on the benefits of integration of coastal management and protection into national development plans and priorities

Lack of access, lack of actionable knowledge (e.g., need to repackage existing knowledge) [Mix]

 

 

River basin agencies, environmental institutions, and water resource planners​

​​13)

Coastal zones

Need for improved information regarding population dynamics within sea level rise models

Lack of data [1]

Farmers organizations, local authorities

​​14)

Coastal zones

Lack of information on understanding of risks due to sea level rise among the different coastal zones

Lack of data [1]

Central authorities of demographic statistics

​​15)

Coastal zones

Need for improved information on technologies to protect coastal cities against sea level rise

Lack of data [1]

Ministry of Agriculture

​​16)

Water resources

Limited knowledge on technologies and best practices to adapt to the impacts of climate change on water resources

Lack of data [1]

Policy makers and planners

  • ​​Drought and Forecasting Management Tool. Lead organization: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) [ongoing]

​​17)

Water resources

Lack of reliable data on water-quantity and quality, including accessibility to available reliable data and databases

Lack of data, lack of access [Mix]

Policy makers and planners

​​18)

Water resources​

Limited access to available data on water- quantity and quality

Lack of access [2]

Policy makers and planners

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