Activity leader within Task 1.2 “Scientific & Technical Coordination”, providing support related to the North Africa territory.
OSS also contributes significantly to several tasks and activities across different WPs.
OSS is a Tunis-based international, intergovernmental organization established in 1992.
OSS members include 23 African countries, five non-regional countries, ten organizations (including sub-regional organizations representing West Africa, East Africa and North Africa), and a non-governmental organization. From its creation, OSS recognizes the importance of environmental monitoring and natural resource management, fields where the organization has acquired progress, with a focus on land and water.
The organization operates in Africa’s Sahara-Sahel region. Key themes in the organization’s work are aligned with the challenges facing this vulnerable region: land degradation, desertification, drought and the adverse impacts of climate change on ecosystems and populations. The organization was accredited as an Implementing Entity for the Adaptation Fund in July 2013. OSS’s Green Climate Fund accreditation is in progress, expected in 2017.
The OSS aims to support regional member countries’ efforts in the fields of natural resource management and sustainable development that address themes within the scope of the organization’s mission:
Joint management of transboundary aquifers;
Support to the implementation of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements;
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): modelling and study of linkages between aquifers and surface water;
Study of the socio-economic dimensions of water demand;
Climate change adaptation and resilience;
Transition to the Green Economy.
Nabil Ben Khatra (leader)
Moez Labiadh (task leader)
Mustapha Mimouni (participant)
Ndeye Fatou Mar (participant)