PROJECT AND ACTIVITIES
International Cooperation

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

1. RELATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL WATER INSTITUTIONS

At the outset of the 21st century as the importance of water foregrounded itself globally, representation and participation of GAP for exchange of opinions with various international water institutions at international platforms has a great importance, as it stands a regional development project based upon water.

In that respect GAP Administration has developed its relationships with international organisations such as Global Water Partnership (GWP), Tokyo Club, International Irrigation and Drainage Commission, International Hydraulic Academy (IHA), World Water Council (WWC)  GAP has actively participated in water institutions as “Secretary General” and Committee President of “Finance and Regulations Administration” of International Water Resources Association, as member of “Board of Governors” and “Accountant” of World Water Council. GAP Administration is still the member of these organisations.

The International Water Resources Association bestowed GAP Administration with the one-time-only prize of “Millennium Award” due to its prospering operations related to water management, protection of environment and participation of women.

Since 1997, GAP Administration has been a member of World Water Council that has the mission of raising awareness and sentiment towards water at global, regional and local levels; developing efficient protection, planning and governance as well as procurement of efficient water usage within the framework of environmental sustainability by the involvement of high level decision makers in the world. In this context GAP participates in World Water Forum Directors Meeting organised every year in Marseille, France, and the series of World Water Forum organised once every three years with the purpose of encouraging efficient policies and strategies directed to development and implementation of a strategical vision based on integrated water resources management

2. EURADA (EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES)

Founded in 1992, and GAP Regional Development Administration has started to work in 2017,  the European Association of Economic Development Agencies gathers people working on economic development through a large network of 69 members throughout 21 countries in the European Union and beyond. The EURADA network connects its members with all kind of economic development practitioners such as RDAs, business partners and European authorities.

3. COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, ORGANISATIONS AND UNIVERSITIES

GAP Administration has been in cooperation with umpteen foreign institutions, organisations and non-governmental organisations for the purpose of exchange of information and experiences during integrated regional development processes as well as for mutual exchange of experts and transfer of technology.

GAP Administration has signed a memorandum of understanding with the below institutions, organisations and universities:

  • Arizona State University (ASU)
  • San Diego University (SDSU),
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA),
  • Kent State University (KSU),
  • Portland State University (PSU),
  • Oklahoma State University (OSU),
  • Packard Humanities Institute (PHI),
  • HASNA Inc,
  • Headquartered in Syria, the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA),
  • Headquartered in Sri Lanka, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
  • Egypt Toshka Project Administration (TOSHKA),
  • Located in Bari, Italy, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CHIEAM-IAMB),
  • Land Reclamation Institute (GOLD) of Syrian Ministry of Irrigation,
  • International Centre for Co-operation of Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV),
  • Chinese Governorate of Yunnan Province
  • Danish Technological Institute (DTI),
  • Wageningen University
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

4. TRAINING PROGRAMMES

GAP Administration has organised training programmes with many national and international participants from countries such as Egypt, China, Bosnia, Macedonia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Columbia, and Azerbaijan; which all have similar projects. In addition to that, GAP has organised various workshops, seminars and training programmes with foreign partners/shareholders such as Arizona State University, Kent State University, Portland State University, International Development and Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) and US Army Corps of Engineers, International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRD), Wageningen University, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).