<P>2. What are the key messages? The Strategic Partnership for groundwater in the Mediterranean Sea (MedPartnership) A ddressing the over-extraction and degradation of the groundwater of Mediterranean coastal aquifers requires the collective effort of countries and leading organizations to protect the marine and coastal environment. The MedPartnership supports the creation of an inventory of coastal aquifers in the region including transboundary aquifers to assess the legislative, policy and institutional reforms that can contribute to their more effective collaborative management by Mediterranean countries. Case studies can highlight innovative approaches and tools for water resource management that subsequently contribute to capacity building activities and technology transfer and the establishment of regional action plans for coastal aquifer management. 3Water cooperation builds peace Access to water can be a source of a con?ict, but it is also a catalyst for cooperation and peace building. Cooperation on such a practical and vital issue as water management and drinking water supply and sanitation services can help overcome cultural, political and social tensions, and can also build trust and social peace between different groups; genders, communities, regions or states. 3Water cooperation is key to socioeconomic development, poverty eradication, social equity, gender equality and environmental sustainability Universal access to ef?cient drinking water supply and sanitation services is the foundation for the ful?llment of basic human needs and contributes to the achievement of all the Millennium Development Goals. Inclusive, participatory and gender sensitive governance of water and cooperation between different stakeholders can help to overcome inequity and prevent con?icts in access to water and thus contribute to poverty eradication, socioeconomic development and improve the living conditions and educational chances, especially of women and children. 3Water cooperation creates tangible economic bene?ts All economic activities depend on water. Cooperation can lead to a more ef?cient and sustainable use of water resources, e.g. through joint management plans creating mutual bene?ts and better living conditions, and gender sensitive water governance. 3Water cooperation is crucial to preserve water resources, ensure their sustainability and protect the environment Water cooperation makes possible and promotes the exchange of scienti?c knowledge, including gender disaggregated data and information, management strategies and best practices, which is fundamental for the protection of the environment and to achieve sustainable development. © Swiatek Wojtkowiak © Stefanie Neno 5</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/8/8/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publications/1586/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>


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