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MEDRC has launched a national network of desalination researchers. The network will promote knowledge exchange and transfer between Omani researchers, identify best practices to improve desalination processes and explore innovative technologies used in different parts of the world.

Oman already has many excellent researchers working on desalination technologies and related topics in Oman. This MEDRC initiative aims to support coordination and cooperation between them.

"This network will have a clear mandate to explore the possibilities for environmentally sustainable water desalination in Oman and the viability of its use," says Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, MEDRC Head of Research. 

"The idea of gathering the desalination experts is also to make their research more visible, and identify who is doing what to boost synergies and build collaborative works and joint projects," he added. 

The first meeting of the Network brought together many desalination research exerts in Oman, mainly the young new generation of Omani researchers who have committed to identifying research needs and priorities and deliver recommendations for decision makers and industrial companies as well as suggesting ways forward for desalination with reduced energy cost and reduced or zero environmental impact.
Work starts on new STP at Rusayl Industrial Estate RO 885-million pacts for power plants
The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) has commenced construction work on a new sewage treatment plant (STP) to cater to the needs of industrial tenants at Rusayl Industrial Estate. The facility, built with an investment of around RO 1.4 million, will be designed to process around 4,000 cubic metres of sewage per day. READ MORE

RO 885-million pacts for power plants
Oman Power and Water Procurement (OPWP) Company (member of Nama Group), the sole procurer of all new power generation and water desalination capacity in the Sultanate, signed a number of agreements to establish two Independent Power Plants to be located in Ibri and Sohar. This represents the single largest procurement by the power sector in the country, with expected installed capacity of 3,219 mw, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of power capacity in the Main Integrated System (MIS). The Ibri plant will be commercially operated by the second quarter of 2019, and Sohar-3 plant is planned to be in operational by first quarter of 2019. READ MORE

First waste management contract for Veolia in Oman
Veolia Middle East got awarded its first waste management contract in the Sultanate of Oman. The seven year contract will focus on establishing the required services across the Governorates of Al-Dhahirah and Al Buraimi, restructure the municipal waste collection services and improve public awareness of waste management. READ MORE
Agreement Signed Between Qatar Development Fund and MEDRC
The Qatar Development Fund and the Middle East Desalination Research Center have signed an agreement that will see the Qatar Development Fund support important MEDRC projects in Palestine and Jordan. READ MORE

UAE: Solar Power for Making Fresh Water Sustainably
At the giant Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park  under construction near Dubai, a desalination facility  goes into operation this month. Run by an array of solar panels and batteries, the system will produce about 13,200 gallons of drinking water a day for use on site. READ MORE

UAE: ‘lack of awareness’ risks Abu Dhabi water reserves
Natural water reserves in Abu Dhabi will be exhausted within 50 years because residents are unaware that they are using too much, a new study says. READ MORE

Qatar: Algal Bloom Proof Desalination Target in the new Qatari Research 
Qatar has joined efforts underway by other Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE to bring down the energy consumption of desalination plants.READ MORE

Bahrain sets new deadline for Tubli wastewater project
Bahrain’s Works Ministry has extended the bid submission date for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Tubli sewage treatment plant (STP) expansion. READ MORE

Jordan signs deal to implement phase 1 of Red -Dead project
Jordan on Monday signed a technical cooperation agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to initiate phase 1 of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project (Red-Dead). READ MORE

International donors met in Aqaba to discuss Red-Dead project 
A technical meeting of the international donors for the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project’s (Red-Dead) first phase was held in Aqaba on May 9th in coordination with the US government, the World Bank and the concerned regional parties, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. READ MORE

Palestine: Mayor of Paris signs historic cooperation agreement with Bethlehem
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo undertook last 9 May a historic visit to Bethlehem, where she signed two major partnership agreements with mayor of the city, Vera Baboun, to improve water networks in the biblical town. READ MORE

Algeria invests up to USD50 bn in water resources
Algeria has invested about 50 billion dollars, over the past few years, in the execution of big infrastructure projects meant for water storage, in order to avoid a crisis in drinking water supply, and connection of citizens to the sewage system. READ MORE

Algeria, Cuba ink agreement on water resources
Algeria and Cuba have signed, earlier this month in Algiers, an agreement on technical cooperation in the sector of water resources, especially in the fields of dam management and water transfer. READ MORE

Morocco: Water Highway works to start in 2018
The works on the water highway to begin in 2018. At the end of the first phase, 390 million m3 channeled through tunnels between Makhazine dam, Mohamed Ben Abdellah and Massira dams to ensure sourcing Marrakech by drinking water and for industrial use as well. READ MORE

Morocco: Elected Chair of Sahara-Sahel Observatory
Morocco was elected chair of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (SSO) for a four-year mandate during the 20th Board of Directors of this organization and its 5th General Assembly (GA), held in Rabat on April 25-27. READ MORE

Egypt: Modeling the Water-Food-Energy (WEF) Nexus in the Arab World 
The International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Cairo Office, in collaboration with the Arab Water Council and under the auspices of the League of Arab States, hosted the first technical meeting for the project on “Modeling the Water-Food-Energy (WEF) Nexus in the Arab World – The Case of Egypt”, April 18, 2016 in Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE

Egypt: With dwindling resources, experts say authorities must look beyond the Nile
The study makes no claim toward the quality of the water available, and instead urges that the information be used as tool at a national and regional level to create “more realistic assessments of water security and water stress,” as well as to promote further quantitative research into the mapping of groundwater resources. READ MORE

Lebanon: A new regional training center for water professions 
The Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water, Arthur Nazarian, inaugurated last May 12th a new regional center for training and information on the water sector. Introduced in 2008, the project had to wait until 2014 to be “labelized” by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). READ MORE

Lebanon: EU-funded project to improve access to water for 50000 people in the south 
The project “Improving Efficiency, Availability and Management of Water Resources in South Lebanon”, funded with a EUR 2.2 million grant from the European Union was launched in Al Sultaniyeh, Lebanon on Wednesday 4 May 2016. READ MORE

Iran: A grand but faulty vision for Iran's water problems
A grand vision of eliminating water scarcity looks attractive for tens of millions of people in the desert cities of central Iran worried about drought. Ambitious water transfer projects are being put in place to answer a call from President Hassan Rouhani. READ MORE

From COP21 to COP22: Building a common regional Mediterranean agenda to achieve climate targets
The COP21 triggered special momentum for tackling climate change globally. All the UfM Member States signed the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April 2016 and they are now preparing for the COP22 in Marrakech in November 2016. READ MORE

From Amman to Marrakesh towards COP22 
In partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Environment, the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS), and EDAMA- Energy, Water & Environment Productivity-, Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Palestine & Jordan Office held a discussion workshop “From Amman to Marrakesh towards COP22” on 9 May 2016 in Amman, Jordan. READ MORE

Key Mediterranean energy stakeholders come together to boost renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures across the region
On 13 April 2016 Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) together with the Mediterranean Association of the National Agencies for Energy Conservation (MEDENER), the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) and the Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean (RES4MED) brainstormed in Madrid. READ MORE

MENA stakeholders’ conference announced new initiative to support regional capacity building efforts
Participants of the “Water, Growth and Stability: Transboundary Water Cooperation for Sustainable Growth and Stability in Middle East and North Africa (MENA)" conference (April 26-28) endorsed the launch of a new initiative to advance water management at national and local levels in order to stimulate sustainable development and cross-border cooperation. READ MORE

WANA Institute co-hosts expert roundtable on sustainable energy, refugees and national resilience
On April 19-20, the WANA Institute, together with Chatham House and with support from the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, organised a high-level expert roundtable on sustainable energy, refugees and national resilience. READ MORE

Climate Forum Project holds final conference in Bucharest
The Final Conference of the Climate Forum Project took place in Bucharest on April 20, 2016. The project is supported by the EEA Grants 2009–2014 programme through the NGO Fund in Romania. READ MORE

WGS Water Conference held at REC
The “Water, Growth and Stability: transboundary Water Cooperation for Sustainable Growth and Stability in Middle East and North Africa (MENA)" conference took place at the REC Conference Center in Szentendre, Hungary. READ MORE

Mediterranean: New phase of EU water & environment programs 
In the framework of the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI), the European Commission has now launched the new phases of its ambitious cooperation programs related to water and environment in the Mediterranean. READ MORE

SwitchMed: Reinforcing Environmental Management Accounting in Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon
Throughout March and April, about 150 people from 50 companies from Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia were trained in the field of Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) as part of the MED TEST II project, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) within the framework of the EU-funded SwitchMed programme. READ MORE

OIC: To develop a sound regional water policy we need better data 
The Third Session of the Islamic Conference of Ministers responsible for Water “From Vision to Action” took place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 17 - 19 May 2016. The ICMW discussed ways and means to strengthen cooperation between OIC Member States in the water related issues. READ MORE

Water scarcity could lead to armed conflict in Mideast
Tens of thousands of peo­ple have been demonstrating across Iraq since the summer of 2015 demanding improved water quality and other services. When the Islamic State (ISIS) cap­tured cities in northern Iraq, one of its main targets was the Mosul dam, the country’s largest, which it sur­rendered after heavy US strikes two weeks after seizing it in June 2014. READ MORE
EU invests €177 million in new environment projects
The European Union is providing €177 million in funding for 31 new environment projects through its Horizon 2020 programme. READ MORE

Reclamation Continues Desalination Research Collaboration with the Middle East
Saied Delagah, chemical engineer at Reclamation’s Technical Service Center in Denver, has witnessed this issue first hand. He has traveled abroad to work with the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), an internationally recognized research institution that specializes in desalination technologies and renewable energy integration into desalination. READ MORE

White House Water Summit announced integration of American, German technology and expertise into U.S. Flood Model
The first U.S. Water Model for flood forecasting across the United States is going to be built on geospatial technology from Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute, California, USA) and water data analytics from KISTERS (IT specialist for data management and analytics, Germany). READ MORE

Cleaning up polluted water with lead-adsorbing microbots
An international research team led by the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany found that the self-propelled, graphene oxide-based microbots can clean water containing 1,000 ppb of lead down to below 50 ppb in 60 minutes — removing 95 percent of the lead. READ MORE

The innovators: desalination unit brings clean water on wheels
Travelling around Thailand in the 1990s, William Janssen was impressed with the basic rooftop solar heating systems that were on many homes, where energy from the sun was absorbed by a plate and then used to heat water for the home. READ MORE

Largest Red Tide in Chilean History
The algae bloom — called a red tide — generated toxic levels of domoic acid that subsequently killed off massive amounts of clams, fish, and even marine mammals. READ MORE

Investigating gender dynamics in irrigation 
More than 150 experts and practitioners came together in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania in March and April of 2016 to discuss how to improve gender parity in irrigation. READ MORE
What does the future hold for membranes?  
There's a lot of work going on in membrane research and development, and while energy efficiency is still a priority, the focus today has really moved to renewable energy and in particular, how to best use renewable energy in conjunction with membrane technology. READ MORE

Cities Look for New Ways to Meet Demand for Water Supplies
San Diego offers a look at some possible solutions, including a desalination plant, a raised dam and a program to reduce leaks. A quarter-century ago, San Diego and its suburbs imported 95% of their water supplies. READ MORE

Water treatment chemicals market worth almost $25B by 2020
According to a new report from Research and Markets, the global market for water treatment chemicals will grow at a compound annual rate of 4.53 percent between 2015 and 2020, reaching a value of $24.94 billion by the end of the forecast period. READ MORE

Google and FAO aim to usher in new era of environmental literacy for all
FAO and Google are working together to make high-resolution satellite data an everyday tool in managing the world's natural resources in a joint effort that is changing the way the world goes about pursuing sustainable development. READ MORE

Joint Sembcorp-NUS lab to research cutting-edge waste water technology
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and engineers from Sembcorp will seek to develop cost-effective solutions for waste water treatment and study how to convert waste materials from power plants and incinerators into useful construction and other high-value materials, as part of a new corporate-academic partnership. READ MORE

Oods and droughts, the new normal driving transboundary water cooperation?
The Flood and Drought Management Tools Project, which works with stakeholders in three pilot basins – the Chao Phraya in Thailand, Lake Victoria in East Africa and the Volta in West Africa –aims to include information on climate change. READ MORE


Global Award to Find Sustainable Solutions to Water Scarcity Across the World
In support of the UAE’s goal to become a knowledge-based economy with a strong focus on technology, R&D and innovation. His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced the launch of a USD 1 million global award to find sustainable solar-powered solutions to water scarcity. READ MORE

Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals
Students eligible for this scholarship must be provisionally admitted to one of the following degree programs at UNESCO-IHE (joint programs are not eligible): MSc in Urban Water and Sanitation, MSc in Water Management, MSc in Water Science and Engineering. Appliction Deadline: 15th June, 2016. READ MORE

PostDoc offer: 4877 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
Are you an experienced researcher in possession of a doctoral degree or do you have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience? Discover the opportunities of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships for researchers at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change Foundation. Application Deadline: 31st of June, 20163. READ MORE

Jordan: New Secretary General at the Ministry of Water Irrigation
Eng.Tawfiq AL-Habashneh, who is still Secretary General of the Water Authority, has been nominated Secretary General at the Jordanian Ministry of Water Irrigation to replace Eng. Bassem Telfah. READ MORE

Zayed Future Energy Prize
This prize represents the vision of the Late Founding Father and President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship. This annual award celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. Deadline for submissions: 27th June, 2016. READ MORE

MAVA Fondation is Recruiting
Manager on freshwater and landscapes issues in the Mediterranean
Based in: Gland, Switzerland. Application Deadline: 6th of June, 2016. READ MORE

Masdar Institute - Graduate Studies in Renewable Energy
The Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi offers four types of scholarships, including the IRENA scholarship for aspiring master’s students with a desire to work in the field of renewable energy. Application Deadline: 31st of May, 2016. READ MORE

Call for Applications - Enhancing the Capacity of Young Arab Scientists in Agricultural Research for Development
ICARDA - the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, with support from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), offers opportunities to Arab students enrolled in Masters or PhD degrees within an university in the Arab world to strengthen their research skills. Closing date 3rd of September, 2016. READ MORE

TWAS-ARO Regional Prize 2016
TWAS Regional Prizes 2016 will be awarded in recognition of individuals who have played key roles in the establishment of vibrant scientific institutions and to those who have significantly expanded the activities of already-established institutions in the developing world. Deadline 15th of June, 2016. READ MORE

Vacancy in Oman
Looking for a Desalination Project Manager – EGIS. READ MORE



  • Book for Earth Observation for Water Resources Management. READ MORE
  • Professor Arjen Hoekstra’s ‘A critique on the water-scarcity weighted water footprint in LCA’ was published in Science Direct. READ MORE
  • Graphene powers up water purification. READ MORE
  • Economies could shrink by mid-century due to scarce water . READ MORE
  • Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk, says World Bank. READ MORE
  • A new report on up-scaling Solar PV for Self-Consumption in the Jordanian Market: READ MORE
  • Cairo Launch of IFPRI’s 2016 Global Food Policy Report. READ MORE
  • New ClimaSouth website and knowledge platform. READ MORE
  • Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in the Economic Development Sector Using Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Tools, UN ESCWA, 25th-27th of May, 2016 in Amman, Jordan. READ MORE
  • Water-DROP Final Conference,30th of May-1st of June, 2016 in Paphos, Cyprus. READ MORE
  • Oman Energy and Water Conference, 23rd-25th of May, 2016 in Muscat, Oman. READ MORE
  • Oman Waste and Environment Conference, 23rd-25th of May, 2016 in Muscat, Oman. READ MORE
  • 13th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies will take place on June 13th-16th, 2016, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. READ MORE
  • African Forum of Renewable Energy, July 13th-15th 2016, Tangiers, Morocco. READ MORE
  • Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance Scientific Forum, June 15th-16th 2016 Osnabrück, Germany. READ MORE
  • The International Conference on Maritime Actors and Climate Change, June 20th-21st 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark. READ MORE
  • International Symposium and Workshop RE-Greece 2016: “Circular Economy and Sustainable Use of Renewable Resources in the context of Climate Change and Social Upheavals” July 20th-22nd 2016,in Nisyros, Greece. READ MORE
  • 2nd annual international conference and exhibition - Solar | wind | biomass | geothermal: July 25th-26th 2016, Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, Cairo, EgyptREAD MORE


  • The 2nd joint transnational research call of ERANETMED co-funded by the following Euro-Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey. Deadline for submission of proposals: 31st May 2016. READ MORE
  • Call for proposals for Study of Socio-Economic Impacts of Solar Pumping Systems in Terms of Local Job and Value Creation in Egypt. READ MORE
  • Call for Proposals-Young Arab Women in Agricultural Science:  The call is open till 15th of June, 2016. READ MORE
  • Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences announced its call for research proposals for 2016: Deadline for submissions: June 16th 2016. READ MORE
  • Master Course: Hydrology & Water Footprint Assessment  From the 5th of September till the 11th of November 2016. University of Twente, the Netherlands. READ MORE
  • Summer Course on Climate and Energy: Applications of weather & climate information for the energy sector.  Monday 4th till 7th of July 2016 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Deadline for applications is 27th May 2016. READ MORE
  • Reverse Osmosis Level 2: Process Analysis Laboratory Course, Hands On. From the 29th till the 30th of May, 2016. MEDRC Training Facility, Muscat Oman. READ MORE 
  • Reverse Osmosis Level 2: Chemical Cleaning, Hands On. From the 4th till the 5th of May, 2016. MEDRC Training Facility, Muscat Oman. READ MORE 
  • Announcement of our NEREUS COST Action ES1403 Training School, hosted by CSIC in Barcelona, 13th till the 15th of June, 2016. READ MORE
  • Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Summer School that will be held in Sardinia (Italy) in June 2016. Application submission deadline is the 20th of May, 2016. READ MORE
  • The International WaterCentre (IWC) is currently offering several full scholarships for high calibre international candidates. Apply online for a scholarship by 1st of August, 2016. READ MORE


  • Call for abstracts for the 5th International Network Conference "Water & Climate". Deadline for receipt of abstracts:30th of May, 2016. READ MORE
  • Water and Impact Assessment: Abstract Submissions (for both paper and poster) are invited through the 31st of May, 2016. READ MORE
  • The 9th International Desalination Workshop: Sustainable Desalination to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, announced a call for abstracts to be due on the 15th of June, 2016. READ MORE
  • The “Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Arab Region”, Cairo, Egypt, 28th of February till the 2nd of March 2017. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20th of June, 2016. READ MORE
  • The International Water Resources Association (IWRA): is pleased to share with you the official launch of the Call for Abstracts for the XVI IWRA World Water Congress planned to take place in Cancun, Mexico, from the 29th of May till the 2nd of June next year. READ MORE
  • The Frank Guarini Center, School of Law, New York University and the Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen welcome proposals for papers/presentations at the International Conference on Maritime Actors and Climate Change, which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the 20th and 21st  of June, 2016. READ MORE
  • Call for Papers for Gulf Water Conference 2017 (28-30/03/2017): Last day to receive Abstracts 30th of June, 2016. READ MORE
  • Priority preview for revolve water members: In preparation for the first AMWAJ ("Waves") forum on sustainability and social entrepreneurship around the Mediterranean and Middle East next November in Amman. READ MORE
  • ICCTI 2017: 19th International Conference on Climate Change: Threats and Impacts to be held in Cairo, Egypt, from the 2nd till the 3rd of February, 2017, announced a call for abstracts to be due on  the 7th of August, 2016. READ MORE
  • The 2016 Liwa International Water Technology Conference: Water Resources Role in Sustainable Development, 27th till the 29th of November, 2016, Abu Dhabi (UAE). Call for abstracts deadline on the 31st of August, 2016. READ MORE 
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