Articles, photo essays, videos, exhibitions, reports, events, training and other multimedia material can effectively affect policy-making. That’s why AMWAJ is spearheading the move to making sustainability and resilience a reality around the Mediterranean.
The platform is focused on tackling water scarcity and energy challenges – while identifying young talent who can help provide innovative game-changing solutions.
‘AMWAJ’ stands for ‘A Mediterranean Water And Journalism’. In Arabic, the word translates to “waves” and refers to the waves of water and energy, the ebb and flow of history back and forth across the sea, the movement of people and goods, the positive potential for investments and building momentum together.
A regional incubator and facilitator for sustainable development that encourages an exchange of ideas and knowledge, AMWAJ provides enabling conditions for media and researchers to connect, empowering a new generation of reporters, experts and decision-makers – with the knowledge and skills to communicate accurately and effectively the value of water and energy in society.
It aims to bridge the gap between science, policy-making and society and contributes to the development of new discourses in the domain of the environment to accelerate sustainable development around the Mediterranean region. And here’s how:
“We present technical and scientific data and policy arguments in clear, accessible language, allowing different target groups to gain an understanding of major themes that dominate the water management debate in the region. We empower youth to address past and current water issues from a fresh perspective and to increase their opportunities to influence the future of water. We encourage intercultural exchange around the sea and inspire action to tackle the shared challenge of growing water scarcity and to create a strong, sustainable platform for advocacy and awareness of water issues.”
AMWAJ organises a bi-annual conference bringing together research, media and policy.
AMWAJ brings together a movement of hundreds of young professional journalists, researchers and entrepreneurs from the shared geographic space of the 43 countries that comprise the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).
It started under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Hassan of Jordan and PepsiCo MENA in 2016 and travsersed the Mediterranean in 2018 to Barcelona with the Government of Catalonia, the European Investment Bank and other partners.