10 January 2016
Water and Environment Centre – Outreach
Since the establishment of the Water and Environment Centre (WEC) in 1999 the centre has initiated and been in the middle of broad sector discussion and engagement of actors in the water and environment sectors. The WEC together with many national and international organisations has organised and hosted many seminars, workshops, conferences over the years, but more importantly also generated and disseminated a wealth of knowledge and experience in its work with government agencies; international donors; and in rural (farming) communities. Besides collaborative work, the WEC’s education, training and research also directly targets, also because of its integrated nature, a wide variety of governmental, non-governmental and private organisations and enables changes in policy and practices.
Partnerships and networks
The WEC plays a pivotal role in Yemen’s water and environment sector, but also acts as gateway into and around these working fields.
- Yemen Water Partnership, since 2014 WEC has been establishing the Yemen Water Partnership. This partnership platform aims to facilitate sector discussion, shared learning and more public – private interaction.
- University collaborations with regional and international universities to stay up to date with current developments, research and opportunities, as well as to contribute to the international water resources discussions.
- Professional Networks such as Spate Irrigation Network, CAP-Net and Aware-Net.
Sector and societal engagement
The WEC actively engages Yemen’s water and environment sector through advocacy, knowledge sharing and awareness raising. Using its national and international linkages, the WEC organises meetings, (research) workshops, and conferences. The WEC has been able to reach farmers and politicians alike, being sensitive to the fact that development can both be guided nationally as much as at local level in Yemen.