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A monthly bulletin to cover important news & events in MENA water research, training, innovation and development cooperation.
February 8 - MEDRC attended the international workshop “Renewable Energy for Desalination: Innovative Research Solutions for Gaza”, organized by the Islamic University of Gaza in cooperation with partners involved in the implementation of the Horizon 2020-funded MERID project (coordinated by EMUNI). MEDRC presented regional case studies and practical solutions for renewable desalination. Renowned experts and researchers representing other organizations such as UNICEF, OXFAM and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission; discussed practical and innovative solutions mainly related to the use of renewable energy for desalination in Gaza. After the conclusion of the debate sessions, a training event took place to introduce the EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020. READ MORE
Under the Patronage of HE Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi MEDRC Launches a Specialized Desalination Training Programme Supported by BP Oman
6th February, Muscat: MEDRC Water Research officially launched the TAHLYA Training Programme for fresh Omani graduates on 6th of February at MEDRC’s premises. Developed to meet the growing needs of the water desalination industry, TAHLYA aims to train 60 Omani nationals in reverse osmosis desalination to the level of operators and supervisors. READ MORE
Oman: Research Strategic Program and approval in principle of establishment of Environmental Excellence Center
Chaired by His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said, Advisor of His Majesty the Sultan and Chairman of The Research Council (TRC), TRC Board held on Sunday (February 7, 2016) its first meeting for the year 2016 at the headquarters of TRC in Al-Othaiba.  READ MORE
Oman: PDO to seek international expertise in treatment of produced water
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the nation’s largest producer of oil and gas, is seeking international partners in its quest to process part of the prodigious volumes of ‘produced water’ that it generates daily as a result of its oilfield operations, into “steam quality water”. READ MORE
Oman to take up reforms in water sector
Oman is set to embark on water sector reforms, including modernization of its water network and bring all three constituent elements — water resources, potable water, and wastewater — under a unified structure. According to the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), the review will help “improve coordination” across the different elements of the water sector which are currently managed by multiple bodies. READ MORE
Oman: OPWP seeks consultants for RO 105m Salalah, Sharqiyah water schemes

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), the sole procurer of all new power generation and water desalination capacity in the Sultanate, is inviting qualified consultants to bid for its contract to provide supervisory and project management services linked to the development of two new Independent Water Projects (IWPs) planned in the Sharqiyah South and Dhofar Governorates of the Sultanate. READ MORE
Oman: Ashkharah, Duqm and Khasab get new water projects
The scenic beach town of Ashkharah in Al Sharqiyah governorate will get a new desalination plant with capacity of 80,000 m3/d (17.6 MIGD).“This project is expected to be developed in two phases of 40,000 m3/d (8.8 MIGD). The first phase is to be completed in 2019 and the final phase to be completed in 2020. The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) plans to tender the project in Q1 2016 for award in Q4 2016,” OPWP saidREAD MORE
Oman: New water projects on the anvil
Though Oman has made impressive progress in water sector yet strong demand growth in potable water supply is a big challenge. The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), member of Nama Group and which is the single Buyer of power and water for all IPP/IWPP projects within the Sultanate of Oman, plans to procure two new Independent Water Projects (IWP), in addition to those that are currently in varying stages of construction and procurement. READ MORE
Oman: has tremendous potential to export renewable energy
Oman has tremendous potential to emerge as a leading exporter of energy based on renewable sources, according to a leading expert in the field. Prof David Rooney, director of sustainable energy research at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast was speaking at an event on renewable energy and biofuels organized by the Independent Learning Centre at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). READ MORE
Oman: Osmoflo completes turn-key project to provide water to Omani people
Osmoflo has completed a number of Municipal projects in which it has provided fresh, safe water to communities. One of these was in Oman. Completed almost a year ago, the 56,775m3/d water treatment project has the capacity to provide water for up to 250,000 people. READ MORE
Oman: 13 in race for key Greenfield water project in Oman
A total of 13 consortiums are vying for a contract to build the first independent water project (IWP) in Musandam Governorate in the north of Oman, according to a report. Top water utilities from Spain, France, Australia, UAE and Qatar besides other individual bidders have submitted the statement of qualifications (SoQ) for the project, reported Oman Observer, citing the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP). READ MORE
Palestine: EU & UNICEF inaugurated Gaza's largest seawater desalination plant
On January 19th, 2017 the European Union (EU) and UNICEF officially inaugurated the largest seawater desalination plant built in the Gaza Strip so far. The €10 million plant, funded by the EU, has the capacity of producing 6,000 m3 of potable water daily to provide around 75,000 Palestinians with safe drinking water in the southern Gaza Strip—about 35,000 people in Khan Younis and 40,000 people in Rafah. READ MORE

Jordan: Launching of the MINARET project
The overall objective of the MINARET project is to strengthen regional cooperation within the MENA region through implementing NEXUS approach integrated with renewable energy technologies at municipality’s level to mitigate climate change impacts and combat poverty. READ MORE

Jordan: Second phase of water network construction at Zaatari camp starts
The second phase of the construction works for the water and wastewater network at Zaatari Refugee Camp in Mafraq was launched last month, according to a UNICEF statement. Representatives from the Ministry of Water, the German embassy, UNICEF and the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate attended the launch ceremony. The first phase of the project resulted in an increase in efficiency and improvement of the hygienic environment for children at the camp, over 80km northeast of Amman. READ MORE

Jordan: Confirms Its Lead Role in Solar Energy Among the Arab Countries With the Falcon Ma’an Plant
The Falcon Ma’an solar plant, one of the largest in the Middle East has just been connected to the Jordanian national grid.  The 23.1 MWp solar plant – executed by the Italian company Enerray, a leading global EPC contractor, and Saudi renewable energy company Desert Technologies – puts Jordan on the map as the leading regional solar powered nation. READ MORE

Israel: Cutting desalination costs ​
The ​harsh, dry ​climate means ​ensuring water ​supplies is a ​top priority, ​and as a result ​Israel gets up ​to ​75 percent of its ​potable water ​from desalination. To put that ​into perspective,​ the entire ​state of Texas ​currently ​produces about ​123 million ​gallons per day ​with desalination,​ or roughly 465,​606 cubic ​meters per day. ​The ​Sorek Desalination Plant  outside ​Tel Aviv, one ​of many in the ​country, alone ​produces about ​624,000 cubic ​meters per day/ ​164 MGD​.​ READ MORE

Egypt: Belarus to start drilling deep water extraction wells in Egypt in 2017
In 2017 Belarus intends to start the project to drill deep water extraction wells in Egypt, BelTA learned from Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Andrei Kovkhuto on 27 December. The Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry and the Housing and Utilities Ministry intend to implement a water supply engineering project in Egypt. There are hopes for increasing the export of geological services in 2017 by drilling and testing deep water extraction wells in Egypt. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: Singapore's Hyflux to sign desalination deal with Saudi's SWCC
Hyflux is to deliver three seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants to Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in a deal worth SAR 687 million ($183 million). The company's Saudi subsidiary, Hydrochem Saudi Limited, signed a memorandum of understanding with SWCC to design, build, supply, test, and commission the plants in Duba, Wajh, and Haql on the Red Sea coast. READ MORE

UAE: Solar PV powers desalination plant in Abu Dhabi
Solar PV’s dynamism stems from its ability to take on different forms. An emerging application for the technology is seawater desalination using electricity generated through solar PV. The water desalination plant in Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi is a cluster of five innovative pilot projects that aim to test new technology configurations and bring them to the market. READ MORE

UAE: Renewable Water Desalination - The Next Big Thing
Approximately 50% of the cost of desalination is from energy use. So, one great way to cut costs is by cutting energy use. Another great way is to just use cheaper energy. ​Five pilot ​projects in the ​UAE are ​trying to do ​both, using ​electricity ​from cheap ​solar power as ​well as cutting ​costs in the ​actual ​desalination ​process. ​ READ MORE

UAE: GCC and EU experts discuss on the Clean Energy opportunities and challenges in the GCC region
Last 17 January in Abu Dhabi; fruitful discussions took place at the Forum on Clean Energy Opportunities and Challenges in the GCC region, which was co-organised by the UAE Ministry of Energy, the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretariat General, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network and the DG Energy of the European Commission. The event was organized alongside the WFES series of events, and was a back to back event to the EU Energy Day Workshop organized by the European Commission. READ MORE

UAE: Ras Al Khaimah raps nine desalination stations after extensive testing
Ras Al Khaimah Municipality inspected 160 desalination stations across the emirate during the past seven months, collecting 1,015 samples for lab testing. Nine were found either to be selling impure water or using unsafe bottles. READ MORE

UAE: Yokogawa enters UAE with Sharjah thermal desalination project order
Japanese electrical engineering and Software Company Yokogawa Electric Corporation has secured its first order for a power and desalination plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company’s subsidiary Yokogawa Middle East & Africa received an order from the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) to provide control systems for the Layyah Power and Desalination Station. READ MORE

Morocco: to Play Key Role in Africa’s Access to Water and Sanitation
The African Water Association (AAE) conference, entitled “Water and Sanitation in Africa: Challenges and Prospects”, opened in Skhirat on February 13rd, with the participation of more than 200 decision makers from Francophone and Anglophone Africa. Initiated by the Moroccan Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), these meetings, which took place on February 13 to 17, provided an opportunity for African leaders to discuss the challenges facing the African continent. READ MORE

Tunisia: Start of operation of the desalination plant in Tozeur
The new desalination plant entered into the operating phase last February 13, 2017. This plant was built as part of the national program for the improvement of drinking water quality. The production capacity of the station is around 6000 cubic meters and its capacity to reduce the salt level in water is 1.5 grams per liter. A second project will concern about 543 thousand inhabitants of the six governorates of southern Tunisia. The project budget is 175 million Tunisian dinars. READ MORE

Lebanon: Unblocking the cycle of water stress, crises and innovation in drylands
The International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) is looking at ways to strengthen resilience in crisis-hit dryland regions, focusing initially on environmental challenges in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and the arid lands of Kenya. In Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, the accommodation of displaced people from Syria and elsewhere has been blamed for making existing environmental challenges worse. READ MORE

UfM: Reinforcing regional cooperation
As a clear signal in support of enhanced regional cooperation and strengthened ties, the UfM Secretariat and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) signed a €6.5 million multi-annual financing agreement to implement and strengthen UfM core activities. The first agreement with a Member country of its kind, the focus will be to work on three key areas for the region: women’s empowerment and gender equality, climate action and energy, as well as water, environment and blue economy. READ MORE

North Africa: Tackling water scarcity
North African countries will face serious challenges in the next decades regarding water scarcity. Anticipating the impact this might have on food production and economic growth by finding technological and non-technological solutions is MADWATER's goal. MADFORWATER, a Horizon 2020 funded project, is therefore developing solutions for the management of water resources in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. Eighteen partners distributed over six EU countries, three selected Mediterranean African Countries (MACs), Switzerland and China are now focused on wastewater treatment and efficient reuse in agriculture. READ MORE

MENA: Investing in Water
MENA is the most water-scarce region in the world. Water availability per person per year has declined sharply over the last 50 years and is today a tenth of the average global water availability. In Jordan, water availability declined from 3,600 cubic meters per person/year in 1946 to 128 cubic meters today. READ MORE

Arab region: Training of Trainers (ToT) on Mainstreaming Climate Change in Water Strategies
In Support of the Arab Ministerial Water Council and the countries of the Arab region, the GIZ regional programme ACCWaM, together with the League of Arab States (LAS), identified the need to develop tools and modules for mainstreaming climate change adaption into national water strategies and action plans. READ MORE
MEDRC Water Research signed a partnership with Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
MEDRC Water Research signed a partnership with Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) earlier in February to collaborate on topics related to water and sanitation. SuSanA supports open dialogue through the open discussion forum where shared learning can take place with questions, answers, opinions and experiences being shared among the community members. READ MORE

G20 farm ministers seek to protect precious water supplies
Greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production, the agriculture ministers of the group of 20 leading economies (G20). READ MORE

UNESCO: Water Information Network System (IHP-WINS)
The Water Information Network System is an open source and open access platform that combines geolocalized data. It was developed by UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme to serve as a global reference in the design and support of operations, management, and decision support functions for sound water resources governance. It is also designed to assist Member States in monitoring and implementing the Sustainable Development Goal to "ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all" (SDG6). READ MORE

US: Combining Drone, Yield, and Soil Data for More Accurate Farming Practices
Drone data can come in many forms for agriculture. Videos, still photos, even image stitching have progressed in the previous years. But with all of this data, are we actually using it to change the way we farm? READ MORE

California: Startup creates renewable hydrogen energy out of sunlight and water
California startup HyperSolar and University of Iowa researchers have teamed up to make renewable energy in a way that draws inspiration from plants. Using water and sunlight, they are able to make renewable hydrogen energy. At the end of May, HyperSolar announced a “breakthrough” in efficiency, and the University of Iowa just renewed a year-long research agreement with the startup. READ MORE

UK: Veragon Water Solutions Ltd: is a pioneer in the environmentally friendly “Air To Water” sector, having developed a range of modular and scalable products, which harvest the humidity in the air into clean mineralized drinking water, on a commercial scale. READ MORE

Malta: Debate over closing water cycle
The freshwater demand in Malta is put under high pressure as a result of tourism and agricultural activities, especially in region where groundwater has been overexploited for such purposes. The use of recycled municipal wastewater is therefore seen as a much needed solution to protect and preserve groundwater sources, however wastewater reclamation and reuse is still highly debated on the island. READ MORE

France: Preparations for the 8th World Forum are progressing in Marseille
The International Steering Committee (ISC) and the Thematic Commission of the 8th World Water Forum held a series of meetings in Marseille, France, during the 60th World Water Council Board of Governors Meeting in late November. The occasion provided the opportunity for the third ISC meeting, during which the Forum's plan and budget, the documents presented by the various Commissions, as well as the final thematic framework were discussed. READ MORE

France: Right to water and sanitation
The French Parliament on the verge of adopting a historic bill. Draft Law 685 on the effective implementation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation was adopted by the National Assembly on June 14, Was voted on 15 February by the Senate Committee on Sustainable Development. Some 40 associations, including the Fondation Libertés, the Coalition Eau and the Ile-de-France Water Co-ordination, welcomed this progress, which must be confirmed during the plenary session On 22 February 2017. READ MORE

Belgium: OptimEDAR achieves up to 20% savings in the wastewater treatment plant of Wijer
By average, the 50% of energy cost of wastewater treatment plants is spent in the aeration process of the biological reactor. In addition, there are specific regulations which have to be fulfilled. Spanish company Adasa is concerned about WWTP operators’ challenges and has designed OptimEDAR, a low-cost online aeration control system, based on the application of ‘virtual sensing’ techniques. OptimEDAR helps to achieve a reduction cost and enhance the wastewater effluents quality thanks to a higher efficiency of the nutrients removal. READ MORE

UN: Sustainable agriculture, better-managed water supplies, vital to tackling water-food nexus
Highlighting the challenges associated with the inextricable links between water and food for food security, as well as for sustainable development, the UN agricultural agency outlined steps that can be taken to improve water sustainability for current and future needs. READ MORE

Singapore: PUB request s for proposals to build fifth desalination plant
Singapore’s national water agency, put up a Request for Proposal (RFP) earlier in February for the development of Singapore’s fifth desalination plant. To be built on Jurong Island under a Design-Build-Own-Operate (DBOO) arrangement by 2020,the plant will  add  another 137,000  cubic  metres,  or  approximately 30 million  imperial gallons of desalinated water (mgd) a day to Singapore’s water supply, enhancing water supply resilience. READ MORE

Singapore: Keppel to build Singapore's 4th desalination plant in Marina East
Keppel Infrastructure Holdings will design, build, own and operate Singapore's fourth desalination plant, national water agency PUB announced on Thursday (Dec 22). The company was chosen as the preferred bidder after an open tender that attracted 16 bids from seven local and international bidders, PUB said in a statement. READ MORE

Iran: Iran to build two desalination plants to increase oil production
The works will comprise Gachsaran-3, a desalination plant able to support processing of 110,000 barrels a day of crude oil, and Bibi Hakimeh-1, processing 55,000 barrels a day. READ MORE

Iran: Intelligent water metering on its way to reduce Non-Revenue water percentage
With an aim to reduce the Non-revenue Water percentage from 43 to 20, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has drawn an action plan to fix Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) meters to bill the consumers. Two model metering zones will be identified on a pilot basis from next month for procuring and fixing the meters. READ MORE

Russia: Hybrid Nuclear Desalination
Researchers are developing hybrid nuclear desalination technique with improved efficiency. Associate Professor I.M. ​Kurchatov and graduate student R.A. ​Alexandrov work at the research stand of water purification. ​Credit: ​National Research Nuclear University. ​To improve ​environmental ​safety and ​desalination ​technology, it ​is necessary to ​solve a global ​scientific and ​technological ​problem—​the creation of ​an integrated ​water supply ​system based on ​the use of new ​high-efficiency ​desalination ​methods such as ​nuclear ​membrane ​desalination or ​hybrid ​technologies. READ MORE

Biomimetic membrane: Copying nature to purify water in Space
Providing clean drinking water for the astronauts on the International Space Station is a headache for engineers and mission planners. Water is heavy and humans consume many liters each day and sending water to the Space Station space is costly. Recycling is the obvious option but collecting sweat and urine and turning it into drinking water is a complex process that requires large machines and energy. READ MORE

Highly-efficient membrane distillation (MD) process - Technology available for licensing /adoption
High energy costs and low water recovery are some of the challenges of desalination technologies for decentralized applications. To negate these issues, the R&D team at EWTCOI has developed a highly-efficient membrane distillation technology called DistilTM. READ MORE

Collaboration Is Key to Tackling Drinking Water Challenges
A well water safety forum held at AAAS headquarters not only gave experts a chance to brainstorm solutions for their shared challenges. It was also an opportunity for the 17 graduate students who organized the event to learn collaboratively and to serve their communities. “Obviously collaboration is something we really want to encourage within science, because that’s where the most cutting-edge research gets done,” said Andrew George, a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Duke University. READ MORE

From desalination to solar energy farming: the ‘nexus’ in action
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has been working to open the door for putting the nexus theory into practice. It has pioneered scientific assessments of the benefits of nexus to climate mitigation and adaptation and uses its water and energy planning tools, individually and together, in cooperation with stakeholders to develop scenarios that apply a nexus approach and test different integrated development options. READ MORE

KAUST: Extracting More from Wastewater
A material made by combining a metal and a polymer can help generate hydrogen and fresh water from wastewater.​ Fresh water scarcity and energy security are two critical global challenges facing us today.​ Researchers at ​KAUST have now ​created an ​advanced ​material that ​can address ​both problems ​simultaneously ​by producing ​clean water and ​hydrogen from ​wastewater. READ MORE

Masdar Institute Files Patent For Innovative Cloud Seeding Material trigging More Rainfall From Clouds
The Masdar Institute research team that was one of the inaugural recipients of the US$ 5 million grant from the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science last year has made significant progress in their work as evidenced by the filing a provisional patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). READ MORE

Grant of $2.7 million to supercharge sustainable sanitation knowledge platform
The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) through the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has received a US $2.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the continued growth and development of SuSanA’s online knowledge-management and collaboration services. READ MORE

This Nanotech Toilet Uses No Water And Produces Energy From Human Waste
About 2.5 billion people do not have access to sanitized toilet facilities, according to the UN. Much of this problem lies in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, where an estimated 10 million children under five have died from lack of toilets since 2000. READ MORE

Shared risk – key to guiding action on water, food and energy
By Luc Hoffmann Institute. The Sustainable Development Goals challenge markets, regulators and practitioners to identify where and how to act to achieve water, food and energy security. This challenge calls for responses that are coordinated among the water, food and energy sectors and applied at the appropriate scale – local, national, regional or global. Yet compromise and cooperation between the sectors has been patchy so far and the ability to integrate policies remains limited. READ MORE

How MIT engineering students are seeking to solve major food and water security problems
By Carolyn Schmitt. Food and water are two necessities for survival, but what happens when a changing climate in key agricultural regions threatens crop production? Or when the quality of milk cannot be ensured as it is exchanged between producer and seller? READ MORE

Implementing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Incentive Structures and Policy Instruments
The Nexus project examined incentive structures, governance mechanisms, and policy instruments, which account for inter-sectoral interdependencies between water, energy and food security. READ MORE

Water research awards launched by Oman's research council (TRC)
The Research Council (TRC) announced, in collaboration with Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science and the Ministry of Education, the launching of the Research and Innovations Award in Water Science, within the Strategic Programme for Water Research Award. Registration is on ends on January 31, 2017. Applications must be submitted through the website of TRC The results will be announced on March 22, 2017 within the celebration of World Water Day. READ MORE

UNU-FLORES and Technische Universität Dresden are now accepting applications from graduates in engineering, social sciences, and natural sciences for their joint PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste. Deadline for applications: February 28, 2017. READ MORE

Call for candidates to “Expert of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency division” at the Energy Department, Economic Sector at the League of Arab States: Location:  Cairo, Egypt, Deadline: March 20, 2017. READ MORE

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) announced the nominations for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Prize for Environmental Management in the Islamic World, at its present session (2016-2017) ending on April 30, 2017.READ MORE

Mediterranean Water Heroes Youth Contest: The Center for Mediterranean Integration announced the launch of the “Mediterranean Water Heroes” contest, which will allow young Mediterranean water activists to present their work on wastewater reuse and the circular economy, the theme of World Water Day 2017. February 25, 2017 23:59 CET time: Deadline for online applications, March 21-22, 2017: Participation of the winners at CMI World Water Day in Marseille, France. READ MORE

UNESCO IHE - Rotary Scholarships 2017/18 for Water &  Sanitation Professionals: Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have teamed up to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries though the scholarship program. (Fund: 34,000 Euro with International Travel Cost). Application deadline: June 15, 2017 READ MORE

The 9th edition of the Student Solidarity Awards is now launched: A jury of six members (two representatives of the Veolia Foundation, one representative of the Veolia Campus, two representatives of the Veolia Environment human resources department and two representatives of schools and universities) meet together and select the three best projects. Closure of the call of projects: April 30, 2017, Award ceremony: June 20, 2017. READ MORE

Frisian company Salttech wins award in Abu Dhabi: Water technology company Salttech, a member of the Water Alliance, won the Innovate@IWS innovation award in Abu Dhabi. READ MORE

The International Desalination Association (IDA) announces that Holly Johnson Churman, P.E., Technology Manager at Water Standard, has been named the recipient of its 2016-17 Fellowship Award. Ms. Churman will receive a monetary award of $10,000 US and will participate in a four-week attachment with PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, host agency for the 2016-17 IDA Fellowship Program. READ MORE

Senior Programme Officer - Project Manager: The Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) is seeking to hire a Senior Programme Officer - Project Manager in the framework of the Project “Promoting the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Southeastern Europe, through the use of Nexus approach” supported by the Austrian Development Agency. Deadline: March 3, 2017. READ MORE

Working with the World Water Council: The World Water Council is looking to reinforce its policy and program team with the hiring of a project officer who will support the Council’s programs. Deadline: 28 February 2017. READ MORE

Vacancy with Global Water Partnership - Senior Network Officer (Sweden). The closing date for applications is 25 February 2017. READ MORE


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  • HCWW Conference: "3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Sustainable Water Supply & Sanitation SWSSC 2016”, April 23-25, 2017, Cairo, Egypt. Abstracts submitted to be kept and additional submissions are still accepted. READ MORE
  • 8th International Water Association (IWA): Specialized Membrane Technology Conference & Exhibition for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse (IWA- MTC 2017) will be held from September 5-9, 2017 in Singapore. Abstracts submission: February 28, 2017. READ MORE
  • 6th International Conference Water–Climate-Society’2017, October 2-4, Hammamet, Tunisia: Deadline for abstracts: February 28, 2017. READ MORE
  • Nanotech-2017 2nd International Nanotechnology Conference & Expo is going to be held during April 3-5, 2017 in Dubai, UAE. Abstract submission deadline is: March 15, 2017. READ MORE
  • A Conference For Young Leaders, By Young Leaders: Building Leaders & Making Impact: 8th International Young Water Professionals Conference, December, 10-13, 2017, Cape Town, South Africa. Deadline for abstracts: April 1 2017READ MORE
  • Third International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems Disaster Risk Reduction and Water Harvesting in the Arab Region, December 6-8, 2017, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, abstract submission: July 24, 2017. READ MORE
  • Special Issue on Desalination using Renewable Energy: submit your full papers from now until August 31, 2017. READ MORE
  • Brought to you with Flowserve, Pump Operator and Maintenance Course for Desalination Business: MEDRC Training Facility, Muscat Oman, 14th-16th of March, 2017, Muscat, Oman. READ MORE
  • Desalination with Solar Energy: A 4-day intensive course, 25th-28th of April, 2017, Almeria, Spain. READ MORE
  • Call for Application for 2017 Water Quality and Sanitation Training Program: CAS-TWAS CEWE is established in the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy Sciences (CAS). The goal of CEWE is to culture the professionals in the water and environmental fields for the developing world through training, education and joint research programs. Deadline for submission of application form: 15th of April, 2017. READ MORE
  • UNESCO-IHE conducts a wide range of short:  intensive and highly specialized courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of mid-career professional and senior experts. READ MORE
  • Training Water Management in the MENA region: Water management professionals from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia completed their first week of a specialised training programme on Water Management. READ MORE
  • Eurosunmed announces two more international schools to be held in Morocco and Egypt in 2017: The call for applications will be launched on the EUROSUNMED website soon. READ MORE


  • Jordanian entrepreneurs are called for ideas: Are you a change-maker and passionate about the environment? Do you want to create innovative solutions and be part of the first entrepreneurship programme for water, sanitation and waste solutions in Jordan? Then apply for the Water and Business Challenge 2017 and win up to 5,000 JD as seed money, continuous coaching and a place in the 2017/18 year-long start-up programme. Submission of applications: March 31, 2017. READ MORE
  • PUB Overseas Seed Fund for Water Technologies (Call for proposals): The Singapore’s National Water Agency (PUB) Overseas Seed Fund is set to solicit novel, breakthrough ideas and technologies from the International Research Groups to address Singapore’s water supply and/or demand challenges. The application is open to overseas Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), Research Institutes (RIs) and private companies with funding support for each awarded Research Proposal capped at S$400,000 for a duration of up to 2 years. The deadline for the proposal submission is April 18, 2017, 11:00 am (Singapore time, GMT +08:00). READ MORE
  • Imagine H2O launches water data innovation competition: Imagine H2O (IH2O), the water innovation accelerator, today announced its second annual California Water Policy Challenge. The competition will showcase policy proposals enabling the deployment of water data innovations and technologies. The winner and finalists will be eligible to receive up to $40,000 in cash awards, mentorship from leading experts and introductions to strategic partners. The results will be announced at a leadership event in Sacramento in April 2017. READ MORE
  • 8th WORLD WATER FORUM: Call for proposals for the Citizen’s Process. Deadline: February 28, 2017. READ MORE

  • Water-Energy Nexus “Resource Efficiency – Capacity Building Workshop for ESCWA Region”: Resource Efficiency Capacity Building Workshop for ESCWA Region:19th-21st of February 2017, Al Manamah, Bahrain . READ MORE
  • World Water-Tech Innovation Summit, 20th-22nd of February, 2017, London, UK. READ MORE
  • 20th International Conference on Petroleum, Mineral Resources & Development (PMRD2017), 20th-22nd of February, 2017, Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
  • Workshop about Desalination of Seawater as a National Target, 26th-27th February, 2017, Alexandria, Egypt. READ MORE
  • Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Arab region, 28th of February till the 2nd of March 2017, Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
  • 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Technologies (APCSEET 2017):  6th-10th March 2017, Bihar, India. READ MORE
  • Water Storage and Hydropower Development for Africa: International conference and exhibition 14-16 March 2017, Marrakech, Morocco. READ MORE
  • 1st IWA Conference on Algal Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery: 6-17 March 2017. UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands. READ MORE
  • Fourth Arab Water Week 2017: "Managing Water Systems within Fragile Environments in the Arab Region", 19th-23rd of March 2017, Dead Sea, Jordan. READ MORE
  • IWA Efficient2017: A Conference on Efficient Urban Water Management, 21st-23rd of March 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel. READ MORE
  • World Water Day 2017 (Water & Wastewater): 22nd of March 2017, at MEDRC premises, Muscat, Oman. READ MORE
  • Water Philippines 2017 Expo: 22nd-24th of March 2017, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. READ MORE
  • KAUST Research Conference 2017: “Changing Paradigms of Wastewater Treatment – From Waste to Resource”, 27-29 March, 2017, Riadh, Saudi Arabia. READ MORE
  • WSTA 12th Gulf Water Conference: 28th-30th of March 2017, Manama, Bahrain. READ MORE
  • Arwadex 2017: 11th Water Desalination Conference in the Arab countries, 18-19 April 2017, Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
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