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Mashreq Workshop

Following the Maghreb consultation workshop, 30 participants representing regional civil society networks and organizations from 5 Mashrek Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria), participated in the Mashrek session, in Amman on 2-4 March, 2020.

This consultation aimed at developing civil society actors’ capacities, in terms of advocacy for a future vision for the Mediterranean region as a common space and a lasting environment for cooperation, rights and equality. It provided an enabling environment for civil society organizations to engage in an open reflection to make such vision a potentially achievable horizon. Thus, Mashrek participants had the opportunity to access policy-dialogue, strategizing techniques, exchange of experiences, networking, and building collaborations beyond national borders, around shared principles and values. In margin of this consultation, they also participated in a debate with Jordanian civil society organizations on “Regional challenges and civil society’s role in advocacy”.

“We call on all civil society actors and the stakeholders who are in the Mediterranean, with in the forefront the European Union, the League of Arab States, and the Union for the Mediterranean, as well as on all peoples of the Mediterranean basin, to act together toward establishing a permanent Mediterranean institutional space, playing the role of a common platform and contributing to an in-depth and thorough discussion and practical solutions to common challenges, particularly those related to rights and equality.” Excerpt from the Mashreq Workshop’s statement

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Facilitators’ bios

Rawane Shamseddine

Rawane is an NGO Consultant at Management and Development Associates and the Reporting Coordinator at the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts. She has a strong experience in proposal writing, needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation and developing policies and procedures. Rawane is experienced in working with vulnerable and u…

Rawane is an NGO Consultant at Management and Development Associates and the Reporting Coordinator at the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts. She has a strong experience in proposal writing, needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation and developing policies and procedures. Rawane is experienced in working with vulnerable and unprivileged communities including displaced ones and has been involved in major projects in Lebanon and in the region with multiple donor agencies including UNICEF, UNRWA, Danish People’s Aid, and Save the Children among others. She co-founded the Arab Network of Trainers and Facilitators in 2018. She is interested in Politics and has recently received a certificate in Geopolitics from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon. Last but not least, Rawane is a full-time revolutionary who strives to be part of the inevitable change in Lebanon and in the whole region.

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Maher Issa

Maher has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in civil society, including, capacity and institutional building, training, and consultancy. He has a strong background in management and leadership, including with organsiations such as FAO and NDI. He managed projects of the General Union of Cultural Centers (GUCC). He is curre…

Maher has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in civil society, including, capacity and institutional building, training, and consultancy. He has a strong background in management and leadership, including with organsiations such as FAO and NDI. He managed projects of the General Union of Cultural Centers (GUCC). He is currently the  Director of the Civitas Institute in Gaza. Moreover, he is a co-founder of Civitas Academy as transnational and EuroMed school for leadership and democracy. As consultant and civil society expert, Maher has conducted numerous consultancies including training and facilitation, mentoring, comparative research, and evaluations locally, regionally, and internationally. He holds a diploma in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and a BA in Science from the Islamic University in Gaza. He completed his MA in Political Science at Al-Azhar University in 2011; currently, he is preparing a Ph.D. in Political Science.

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Agenda

  • Day 1 27 January 2020 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel - Opening
    15:00Coffee and registration
    16:00 - 17:30Welcoming note
    Nabila Hamza, Team Leader - Few words about Communication Suhair Muhye Al Deen, Communication & Networking Expert - What is the Programme about and why we are here for these days Gianluca Solera, Capacity Development Expert
    18:00 – 19:00Bootcamp presentation – Plenary
    Objectives and expected results - daily programme review – explanation of technicalities - questions and answers (Q&A)
    19:00Dinner at the Ramada Plaza Hotel
    Free evening
  • Day 2 28 January 2020
    08:15Departure from hotel Ramada to GDA Sidi Amor
    09:15 – 12:30Plenary session: Principles of ecology and review of the main ecological challenges in the Mediterranean region.
    09:15 – 10:30Q&A – discussion
    10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break + photo moment (photo booth frame)
    10:45 – 11:30Working groups
    With a two-fold task: 1. To exchange opinions on the previous presentation and discussion. 2. To agree, ideally by consensus, on the five main Mediterranean ecological challenges to be brought to the attention of all participants during the following plenary session
    11:30 – 12:30Plenary
    Reporting back from the groups - Q&A – discussion and agreement on recommendations / priorities in the implementation of the common actions – wrap-up.
    13:00 -14:30Lunch Break
    Visit GDA Sidi Amor (gardens, greenhouse, solar pump and phytodepuration plant) and lunch
    14:30 – 16:00Plenary: Principles of sound eco-management Q&A – discussion
    16:00 – 16:15Coffee Break
    16:15 – 17:30Plenary - First exchange on common actions – I
    The common action definition, objectives, tools and time scope, with examples from the participants’ planned common actions
    - Q&A – discussion
    17:30 – 17:45Coffee Break
    17:45 – 19:00Plenary - First exchange on common actions – II
    10 Common action characteristics to be shared in all planned common actions Q&A – discussion
    Summary of the day
    19:30Dinner at the hotel Ramada Plaza; Free evening
  • Day 3 29 January 2020
    08:15Departure from hotel Ramada to GDA Sidi Amor
    09:1 – 12:30Exchange on case studies: a) Risks associated to Climate and Environmental Changes in the Med Region (MedECC Network) b) Practical challenges of sustainable development, the Lebanese approach (Lebanon Mountain Trail Association) c) Experiences of advocacy campaigns for nature conservation (WWF North Africa)
    13:00 – 14:30Lunch Break
    Visit GDA Sidi Amor (handcraft, cosmetics and food workshops) and lunch + Group Photo
    14:30 – 15:45Plenary- Second exchange on common actions
    The morning presentations and the 10 Common action characteristics to be shared in all planned common actions
    - Q&A – discussion: 5’ maximum for each contribution. Summary of the day
    16:00Departure to « Cité de la Culture »
    16:00 – 16:15Coffee Break
    17:00 – 19:00Public Debate:
    Endangered Mediterranean: which policies to address the region's environmental and Climate Challenges?
    Speakers:
    1. Mohamed Zmerli: Climate Focal Point, Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment

    2. Mounir Majdoub: Expert in environment and sustainable development, former Secretary of State for Environment

    3. Hamadi Gharbi: Climate & Energy, WWF North Africa

    4. Sergio Andreis: Director of the Kyoto Club, former member of the Italian Parliament

    5. Semia Cherif: Professor in the Department of Environment at ISSBAT, University of Tunis El Manar, member of MedECC Network

    6. Martine Btaich: Founder of Lebanon Mountain Trail Association

    19:00 – 20:00Cocktail at Cité de La culture
    20:00 – 22:00Film Projection "Demain" (120'), by Cyril Dion & Mélanie Laurent
    Demain is a 2015 French documentary film directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. Faced with a future that scientists say is a great cause for concern, the film has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism. Optimistically it identifies initiatives that have proven themselves in ten countries around the world: concrete examples of solutions to environmental and social challenges of the twenty-first century, be it agriculture, energy, economy, education and governance.
  • Day 4 30 January 2020
    07:30Departure from Hotel Ramada to fact-finding visits:
    08:00 – 09:30Sijoumi Lake, marshland threatened by urbanisation and pollution (with Birdlife Tunisia)
    10:00 – 12:00Waste Sorting Center, incl. participation to selective sorting (with Tunisie Recyclage)
    13:30 – 15:00Lunch Break + Group Photo
    15:00 -16:00Three working groups – Third Exchange on Common Action
    16:15 – 17:15Three working groups continued
    17:15 – 18:30Plenary: Presentations by the working groups
    Q&A – discussion: Agreement on the general framework on which common action and how to carry it out
    21:00Gala dinner in the Maison d’Hôte Les Andalous, Borj Et Touil, Ariana, Tunisia
    Traditional food with local products
    During the dinner: presentation of El Space Hub ("Citizen Generated Data" project) and Certificate of Attendance Ceremony
  • Day 5 31 January 2020
    21:00Follow-up Meeting on implementation of the common action – With the M&E Expert Departures

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