الدكتور محمود أبوزبد يتسلم وسام الوشاح الأكبر للشمس المشرقة من إمبراطور اليابان في نوفمبر 2010
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Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid’s distinguished contributions on the regional scale are of no less importance than those on the national scale.  He led many of the Arab and African campaigns and played a key role in establishing the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in 1999 under the umbrella of which all Nile Basin countries were united for the first time.  Since then, numerous studies were conducted to initiate joint projects for the optimum use of the River Nile resources in diverse fields.

In parallel, he was influential in the negotiations for developing the new Nile Water Agreement, 95% of which has already been terminated.  He proficiently chaired the series of the Nile 2002 conferences that assembled professionals and specialists from all Nile Basin countries to exchange views and experiences.

Dr. M. Abu-Zeid chaired as well the African Ministerial Council for Water Resources in the Nile Basin Countries for several years, and represented the group of North African countries in the Council.  He was twice offered recognition awards by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his distinguished efforts in this field.

Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid is the principal initiator of numerous fundamental works in the field of water use and management on the national, regional and international scales, which had major influence on agricultural and food production.


On the Arab Scale

Dr. Abu-Zeid prepared and led the Founding Committee for establishment of the Arab Water Council, which is the first assembly of Arab countries revolving around the issue of water.   He headed the Council’s meetings at the World Water Forum in Mexico in 2006 and has prepared for the Council’s participation in the World Water Forum held in Turkey in 2009.

Under the umbrella of the Arab Water Council, Dr. M. Abu-Zeid is taking the lead in setting an integrated water resources program for Arab countries with the aim of optimizing the use of those resources and maximizing the agricultural benefits obtained from them.

Dr. M. Abu-Zeid participated in chairing numerous regional conferences on water, and is participating as Board member in selecting winners for the Prince Sultan Ben Abdul Aziz International Award on Water, which is the greatest award in the water sector amounting to 2.5 million S.R.  In this concern, he developed a set of criteria for selection of the Scientific Innovation Award and the Specialty Award.

Dr. Abu-Zeid has been requested to participate in developing the water plans for Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and other Arab water countries.

He also prepared the draft memorandum concerning Arab Water Security that was presented to the Arab League Council.


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