HPA- Head of IAC  M. Gürani Koch: Regional cooperation approach is vital for the Middle East


Pradigm shift to Regional Cooperation on water and food security  in the Middle East is  urgent and vital

M.Gürani Koch

Head of International Affairs Center

Hydropolitics Association

Emerging threats force enhancing regional cooperation in the MENA through regional projects will be developed based on  muttually beneficial approach   The Middle East region has many contradictions and extremes in terms of using of natural resources, sharp sociological realm   fragile level of development and inconceivable per capita income.

The region, which is mostly rich in conventional energy resources such as oil and gas, is one of the most water scarce and food import dependent regions in the world.
Existing insecurities in water and food in the region have been linked to some of the conflicts in the region motions acting  as a threat multiplier as well as pressure points.

As it is well known anymore ongoing war in Syria started as the result of complex interrelated socio- political and economic factors and challenges associated with climate variability  induced subsequent drought periods.These insecurities are expected to be further intensified with the projected impacts of climate change, increase in population growth, economic growth, increase in urbanization rate and the ongoing security conflicts in the region.

It is obvious that many countries in the region could benefit from enhanced cooperation to deal with challenges in the  water and food  security that will shape of the future of the region.

The projected climate change will not only impact water availability, agricultural productivity. It will also lead to an increased risk of natural disasters and higher rates of internal and regional displacement. According to one of the projections, the impacts of climate change will decrease agricultural productivity in Lebanon and result in an increase in national net migration of 3.19% between 2010 and 2030.

In sum, new initiatives with a paradigm shift are needed to drive this process. We firstly need to create a shared goal ,shared vision and unity of effort base.In the region afterwards we need to try  confidence building measures, working towards a shared and improved knowledge base, technology transfer and innovation, information sharing, capacity and institutional building, encouraging private sector participation  in  process.

We need to change old paradigm before water management crises.


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Gurani Koc

GURANI KOCH -Civil Engineer

I have obtained my bachelor of science diploma in civil engineering from Yıldız University, Istanbul in 1983. Two years studying business in London U.K the world was filled with new hopes by releasing of Nelson Mandela from prisonement and collapsing the Berlin wall of shame. These were the sociological events where our generation had been affected and fabricated by them. I was completely focused by learning new technology on building industry, and techniques of management and obtaining industry related affiliations, Meantime, in contrast, I started questioning whether the solutions of water treatment plants can be helped better conditions on water ecology or not, solutions of plastic disposal methods can be created a new by products, how could solutions of keeping tidy earth, water and oceans be done by decreasing deterioriations. Still I gave my synopsis and practical assignment in the last semestre to graduate from George Brown College, Toronto by representing project to re-use of recyle materials when making a sustainable building as a new graduated diploma tecnologist in 1999. I worked in Middle East, Arab Peninsula and Emirates East Africa, D’jibouti, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Canada and Libya.
I am a member of Union of Chambers of Engineers and Architects of Turkey- Chamber of Civil Engineers, ,Ontario Institute of Quantity Surveyors- Canada,
Construction Safety Association of Ontario- Canada

I develop and implement sustainable business strategies think long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. I anticipate the impact and implications of future decisions on activities.
I am open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adopt own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements.
I am a result oriented, evaluate data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. I take an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. I like applying innovation and creativity to problemsolving.
I express the ideas or facts in a clear, concise and openly manner. I actively listen and proactively share knowledge. I handle conflict effectively by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

I have qualifications on intensive Project Management and Civil engineering on buildings, roads and airport projects, structural steel tower and antenna installation expert at civil and army projects.
His specific experience in the region is as follows;

Country Date from - Date to

Djibouti Jan 2017- Jan 2018
Abu Dhabi Feb 2015- Sep 2015
Qatar May 2014- Jan 2015
Afghanistan Apr 2004- Apr 2014
UAE Apr 2007- Jul 2007
Kazakhstan Dec 2001- Feb 2002
Saudi Arabia Dec 2000- Oct 2001
Kenya Oct 2000- Jul 2001
Canada Apr 1994- Apr 2004
Libya Jun 1991- Jun 1992