“The World Bank Institute’s Knowledge Exchange (WBIKE) practice is dedicated to supporting and equipping the World Bank’s frontline teams with resources to connect countries more systematically and effectively. Sharing knowledge and experiences among peers and partners in the global South is a key priority for many developing countries.“- World Bank (2013)
Under the auspices of the WBIKE, on November 5th and 6th 2014, the SPMU Gujarat had the privilege of hosting a delegation from the Kingdom of Morocco in Jamnagar. A delegation of the World Bank was present too. The Moroccan delegation comprised of high-level officials from the departments of agriculture, tourism, aquaculture development, environmental and natural resources unit; officials from the High Commission for Water, Forests and Fight against Desertification.
The following is a detailed list of participants from the Kingdom of Morocco:
- Advisor to the Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment, Ministry of Environment, Kingdom of Morocco.
- Manager, ICZM Project, Project Implementation Unit Kingdom of Morocco.
- Chef of the Environment Division, Regional Project Implementation Unit, Kingdom of Morocco.
- (Chief of Service at the Regional Delegation of Nador) Department of Maritime Fishing, Kingdom of Morocco.
- In-Charge, Environment, and Focal Point for ICZM Project Ministry of Tourism, Kingdom of Morocco.
- Focal Point for ICZM Project, National Agency for Development of Aquaculture, Kingdom of Morocco.
- Focal Point for ICZM Project, Agency for Agricultural Development, Kingdom of Morocco.
- Focal Point for ICZM Project, High Commission for Water, Forests and Fight Against Desertification, Kingdom of Morocco.
- Sr. Natural Resources Management Specialist, Middle East and North Africa, Energy & Environment Department, The World Bank, Washington DC, US
- Program Assistant, ICZM Focal Point, World Bank Office in Morocco
From the World Bank, Social Development Specialist and consultants were present. The team comprising of officials and experts from Gujarat Ecology Commission, Marine National park and Sanctuary, Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC) hosted the programme.
The delegations visited the Sewage Sewerage treatment system facilitated by ICZMP for environmental sanitation of Jamnagar, the village of Mota Ambla to learn about livelihood enhancement activities and a discussion on sea water monitoring sites with officials from Gujarat Pollution Control Board.
The interaction was engaging and productive promoting a platform for transnational knowledge exchange, learning and application.