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A new monthly bulletin to cover important news & events in MENA water research, training, innovation and development cooperation.

The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) organized a technical workshop on reducing the environmental impact of desalination through using renewables. The workshop took place at MEDRC headquarters in Muscat (Sultanate of Oman).

The scope of this technical workshop was the use of renewables to reduce the environmental impact of desalination through presenting some case studies from the MENA region and Spain. There is a growing concern on the environmental impact of desalination. In fact, researchers are localizing hyper saline water in Arabian Gulf, mainly close to Kuwaiti coasts (the salinity values peak at around 50 ppt), which is a direct effect of the brine disposal, and also there is growing concern about desalination's carbon footprint. This workshop provided a useful guide to regional expert’s developing their own approaches in this important policy area. READ MORE
INCONET-GCC2 International Conference on “Collaboration for Innovation; Linking GCC and EU” 
The Research Council of Oman (TRC) and the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) International Cooperation Network between EU and GCC Countries (IncoNet GCC2) organized an International Conference on “Collaboration for Innovation; Linking GCC and EU” on the 6th-8th of December, 2015 in Muscat, Oman. READ MORE

Oman plans large water desalination project 
Oman is planning to develop another water desalination facility, with a combined capacity to produce 52.6 million imperial gallons per day (240,000 cubic metres per day). READ MORE 

Oman’s SPC desalination problems could impact Barka/Sohar bids
The 150,000 m3/day Sohar 1 desalination plant in Oman is once again facing problems, with a “technical malfunction” causing disruption in water supply to the governorates of North and South Batinah and Buraimi. READ MORE
Oman: SQU, TRC, ONRG join hands to hold forum on nanotechnology, solar energy
Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), with the support from the Research Council of Oman (TRC) and the US Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG), organized a conference entitled, “Nanotechnology for Water Treatment and Solar Energy Applications.” READ MORE
Egypt: Arab Non-Conventional Water Initiative 

A Consultation Workshop on “Arab Non-Conventional Water Initiative” took place between the 29th of November- 1st of December, 2015, in preparation for the launch of the “Arab Non-Conventional Water Initiative” as a joint activity between the Arab Water Council (AWC) and UNESCO Cairo Office. READ MORE

EU and Egypt sign a new financing agreement to improve quality of irrigation water
The "Kafr El Sheikh Waste-water Expansion Programme" has been designed to improve the quality of irrigation water in the Kafr El Sheikh governorate. It supports the construction of new waste-water treatment plants and first time full waste-water collection networks, and will ensure their proper operation once in place. READ MORE

UAE: Abengoa inaugurates an advanced technology desalination plant for Masdar in Abu Dhabi
Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, recently inaugurated a desalination pilot plant that uses its most advanced reverse osmosis and membrane distillation technology, in collaboration with the company MASDAR, in order to demonstrate and improve these technologiesREAD MORE

Tunisia: This Fifth Maghreb Conference on Desalination and Water Treatment 
This Fifth Maghreb Conference on Desalination and Water Treatment CMTDE 2015 was organized by the Tunisian Desalination Association took place on the 21st-24th of December, 2015.The conference provided an excellent forum for scientists, professionals and technologists especially from North Africa countries to debate the latest research on Desalination, waste water treatment and reuse. READ MORE

Tunisia: Experts of waste-water legislation and technologies met at FP4BATIW workshop
Policy makers, researchers and companies from the world of water management discussed about waste water legislation and technologies in a workshop organized by the FP4BATIW project. READ MORE

Algeria: The Skikda desalination plant reaches 200 million cubic meters of produced drinking water 
On November 14th Abengoa achieved a milestone in its water division reaching 200 million cubic meters of produced drinking water at its desalination plant in Skikda, Algeria. READ MORE

Morocco: Technology Addresses Morocco Water Billing Problems

Morocco’s national water and electricity company, ONEE Water, is poised to reap the rewards of adopting modern technology. ONEE made the move as a way to improve its manual capturing systems. READ MORE

Renewable energy can reduce water use substantially and increase clean water supply in the Mediterranean
Renewable energy can meet the growing demand for water pumping and conveyance, desalination and heating, while ensuring the long-term reliability of water supply, without increasing the pressure on the climate. READ MORE 
MEDRC Center Director Appointed to Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace
New Global Initiative on Water and Peace: on the 16th of November, 2015, the governments of 15 countries from all continents came together to launch Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace at a ministerial gathering in Geneva. READ MORE

The Global with France and the International Desalination Association, Clean Water Desalination Alliance – H20 minus CO2, in collaboration with MASDAR initiated in Paris during COP21
With water security becoming one of the most imposing long-term challenges for many countries, the Global Clean Water Alliance – H2O minus CO2 launches in Paris as a collaborative global climate initiative and one of the key components to the Lima Paris Action Plan. READ MORE

World Leaders in Paris Agree to 'Historic' Deal on Climate Change
A global climate pact lauded as a "historic turning point" was adopted on the 12th of December, 2015 by world leaders after two weeks of intensive talks. READ MORE

Experts Forecast Number of Desalination Plants to Double in Five Years 
Increasing global water scarcity owing to rapid industrialization and urbanization has opened up vast avenues for growth in the desalination market. READ MORE

Netherlands donates $7 million to improve water management in Near East and Africa
The Netherlands and FAO are expanding their collaboration in the area of water management with a $7 million donation by the Dutch government to support the use of remote sensing technology in helping water-scarce countries in the Near East and Africa monitor and improve the way they use water for crop production. READ MORE

Seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention 
The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes took place on 17-19 November 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. READ MORE

Non-revenue water: major problem of utilities
Unaccounted for water has been identified as a major challenge of utility companies in Africa, with developing countries losing an estimated 45 million m3 (45 billion litres) of water daily through leakages; enough to serve nearly 200 million people. READ MORE

Constructed Wetlands for Domestic Wastewater Treatment and its Reuse in Irrigation
This project focuses on South Europe, a region important for tourism and agricultural production, both activities with high water demand. READ MORE

As drought looms again, Australians are ready to embrace recycled water 
Concerns about drought and water supply are once more building in eastern Australia. Recent reports from Victoria show the state government is considering switching on the so-far-unused desalination plant to supply Melbourne. READ MORE

Seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Protection and Use of Transboundary Waters and International Lakes (Water Convention)
Seventh Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, 17-19 November 2015 - Budapest, Hungary. READ MORE


Sultan Qaboos Environment Award presented to FRIN in Budapest
H E Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir Al Shibaniyah, Minister of Education awarded the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment Protection to the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN). READ MORE
Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water
The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) (7th) 2016: It is an international award focusing on water-related scientific innovation and judged by leading scientists from around the world. READ MORE

MENA NWC Awards for Omani researchers
Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers of Excellence (MENA NWC)’s First Biennial Congress which was Organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and MENA NWC under the theme of “Optimizing Water Management in a Changing World”. READ MORE

Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide): Centre of Expertise for water Hydro Nation
Hydro Nation is a Scottish Government funded partnership between CREW, James Hutton Institute and all Scottish Higher Education Institutes. READ MORE

Innovation Dragon’s Den - EIP Water conference - Leeuwarden, NL
“EIP Water’s Got Talent” is designed to make it easier than ever for innovators to connect with investors, partners and end users in a fun and interactive way. READ MORE

Council elects Board of Governors for 2016-2018
The World Water Council has just announced the Board of Governors for its next mandate and the re-election of Benedito Braga as the Council’s President. READ MORE

Kevin Rudd joins Sanitation and Water for All partnership as Chair
Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), the global multistakeholder partnership working to catalyse political leadership and improve accountability in sanitation, water and hygiene, announced that the Hon. READ MORE


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  • Optimal management of brine from seawater desalination plants in Gaza Strip: Deir AL Balah STLV plant as Case study. READ MORE
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  • ISO releases new standards on use of treated waste-water in agriculture. READ MORE
  • The fourth Middle East and North Africa Cleantech Survey published. READ MORE


  • FILTECH, 11th-13th of October, 2016, Cologne, Germany. FILTECH is the largest and most important filtration event world-wide, deadline for abstract submission is on the 26th of February, 2016. READ MORE
  • Symposium on Best Practices and its impact to Water Resources Sustainability, 25th-26th of January, 2016, Ibri, Governorate of Al Dhahirah, Sultanate of Oman. Deadline for abstract submission is on the 1st of January, 2016.READ MORE 
  • The Nineteenth International Water Technology Conference - IWTC 2016 to be held in Sharm El- Sheikh, Egypt on the 21st-23rd of April 2016, has launched a call for abstracts to be due on the 30th of December, 2015. READ MORE 
  • The 1st International Congress on Water & Environment Studies (CI3E), Al-Hoceima, Morocco from the 20th-21st of March, 2016. Call for abstract deadline is on the 20th of January, 2016. READ MORE
  • Special Issue "Photocatalytic Waste-water Treatment": Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. Deadline for manuscript submissions is on the 15th of February, 2016. READ MORE
  • Now open for comment, the Water Standard has been developed throughout 2015 by a Technical Working Group (TWG) and Industry Working Group (IWG), convened by the Climate Bonds Initiative, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), Ceres, CDP and the World Resources Institute. Comment closing date on the 12th of February, 2016. READ MORE


  • Jordan calls for tenders for Red Sea-Dead Sea canal construction. READ MORE
  • Oman floats consultancy tender for water projects. READ MORE
  • Call for Applications: IRENA/ADFD Open New Round of Funding for Renewable Energy in Developing Countries. READ MORE
  • Next H2020 calls for proposals related to water. READ MORE


  • Water Chemistry, the main topic to understanding reverse osmosis desalination courses. To be held at MEDRC, Muscat, Oman on the 11th-14th of January, 2016. READ MORE
  • Seawater Reverse Osmosis Operation, Monitoring and Troubleshooting to improve your capacity in understanding membrane technology, operating, and troubleshooting RO plant. At MEDRC, Muscat, Oman on the 15th-18th of February, 2016. READ MORE
  • IDA Desalination Academy in collaboration with MASDAR will be holding an academy course in Abu Dhabi, UAE on the 20th-21st of January, 2016. READ MORE
  • Membrane Technology, Process and System Design, EDS, Rome, Italy on the 14th-16th of March, 2016. READ MORE
  • Financial Management of Water Organisations, will be held in Delft, Netherlands on the 18th of April-6th of May, 2016. READ MORE
  • Water Utility Management - Applying Good Practices, online on the 4th of January-8th of February, 2016. READ MORE
Upcoming Events

  • The Omani Ministry of education will organize the 2nd Gulf Nanotechnology Forum, 28th-30th December 2015, Muscat, Oman.
  • Groundwater Workshop for Middle East & North Africa (MENA) "Groundwater Flow Systems Definition: Their Natural Manifestations and Controls", University of Tunis El Manar, National Engineers School of Tunis, 10th-16th January, 2016, Tunis, Tunisia. READ MORE
  • Managing The Effects Of Multiple Stressers On Aquatic Ecosystems Under Water Scarcity, Freising, Germany on the 11th-12th of January, 2016. READ MORE
  • MEDRC HABs project 1st phase stakeholder meeting and workshop “Combatting the Emerging Impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) on Desalination Plants: Bloom Detection, Forecasting and Strategies for Impact”, 21st January 2016, Muscat, OmanREAD MORE
  • 2nd International conference on desalination and environment, 23rd-26th January, 2016, Doha, Qatar. READ MORE
  • Symposium on best practices and its impact to water resources sustainability will be organized by Oman Water Society, from the 25th -26th January, 2016, Ibri, Oman. READ MORE
  • AWWA and AMTA are teaming together for a fifth year to present the latest developments in membrane water treatment technologies from the 1st-5th February, 2016, San Antonio, Texas, USA. READ MORE
  • The Saudi Water & Power Forum (SWPF 2016), 7th-9th February, 2016, Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaREAD MORE
  • The 2016 conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) will be held on the 10th February 2016 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. READ MORE
  • International water conference: "Water Resources in Arid Areas: The Way Forward", from the 13th-16th of March,  2016, at SQU, Muscat, Oman. READ MORE
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