This project addresses the challenges posed by the unsustainable use of groundwater in the MENA region. By collating knowledge on groundwater management experiences at the world, regional and local level and translating them into science-policy dialogues, this project will produce a series of in-depth case studies and action plans on selected problem aquifers aiming to build the capacities of managers and decision makers, strengthen awareness on groundwater governance and contribute to finding solutions and mitigation measures to the groundwater crisis in the region. First this project will establish a general knowledge base by reviewing various instances of groundwater governance in the world and in the region. This will be fed into a regional dialogue in year two. The regional dialogue will demonstrate some of the tools that will be used in the participatory methodology on the field for the different case studies to researchers and practitioners from the region.