Water Demand Management Forum Donors Lunch Cairo 3 February 2003 Donors shared the common understanding of the following: Acknowledgment that water scarcity issues are of prime importance to this particular region. Recognition that water should be treated as a precious resource of an economic value. Reaffirmation of commitments to further support integrated water resources management including water demand management principles in the region. Strengthen the established network and support South to South cooperation on exchange of information and knowledge transfer on bilateral and multi-lateral levels. Learn from and link to other ongoing regional water demand management initiatives such as ESCWA, ICARDA, FAO and bio-desalination center. Continue building on the outputs of the WDM Forum while increasing number of partners from governments and donors. Donors agree on the following future directions in water demand management in the region: Elaborate on the present case studies to generate best practices and facilitate knowledge sharing among countries in the region that could be extended to cover Nile Basin Countries. Focus future water demand management initiatives on irrigation as the large water-consuming sector and because of its nexus to poverty alleviation. Consider implementation of pilot projects to demonstrate impact of water demand management practices. Ensure incorporation of environmental, social and economic dimensions in future water demand management initiatives. Encourage institutional coordination between various levels of stakeholders to better regulate demand on the national level. Respond to the demand to support exchange of best practices through training and field visits. Finally Donors recommended to: Highlight participant countries’ stand on water demand management practices to reinforce exchange of expertise on the regional level. Ensure extension of donors’ discussions on water demand management issues through the Donor Assistance Sub-Group on water. Support participant countries’ presenting outputs of the Water Demand Management Forum to the 3 rd World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan in March 2003.