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The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) celebrated World Water Day on Wednesday.

The event highlighted issues related to wastewater and how to reduce and reuse it through different activities like paper presentations, art competitions, and walks amongst others. The theme for this was ‘Water and Wastewater’ which seeks to find sustainable solutions to water scarcity.

In his welcome speech Ciaran O’Cuinn, centre director, MEDRC said, “We are looking for solutions to fresh water scarcity in Oman and the region. We do this work on many levels. For example, today we have brought together schoolchildren from our neighbourhood here to show us their work on preserving water. We have also brought scientists whom we have supported in Palestine, Jordan and Oman to showcase their research.”

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LocalNews
Improving Gaza Strip Water Hygiene: MEDRC Funds Major Research Project on Medical Wastewater Treatment
The project was aimed to identify medical wastewater as a first step towards wastewater management in the Gaza Strip. The main objective  is to improve the water status and health hygiene for the residents by treating the medical waste of Al Shifa Hospital and designing a wastewater plant for the hospital. READ MORE

Oman: GUTech, Wageningen University and NL OM Foundation sign agreement on water scarcity & flash flood prevention
The German University of Technology in Muscat, Oman (GUTech) will start to work with the Dutch to research water scarcity and flash floods. On 5 March 2017, a Letter of Intent was signed in Muscat with Wageningen University, renowned for its water scarcity applications and agricultural research. The ceremony was joined by H.E. Barbara Joziasse, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Oman and a special delegation of Dutch water specialists. 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: 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. 
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Oman: Maintenance work on fast track at Sohar desalination plant
The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) has announced this month that Sohar Power, owner of Desalination Plants at Sohar, started the planned maintenance for the water desalination plant. To ensure uninterrupted water supplies at the wilayats served by the plant, PAEW has taken necessary measures.
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Oman: SEZAD awards $220M worth of infrastructure contracts
The Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (SEZAD) has awarded four contracts worth a combined value of OMR84.7M ($220M) for infrastructure projects in Duqm, Oman. A joint venture of SERKA and Rajab & Aidi Earthmoving Company has won an OMR49.7M ($129M) contract for the construction of two drainage channels. The Wadi Jarf Channel Valley will have a length of about 12km and a width of 340-650m. The other channel, named Wadi Sai Channel, will be 10km long and 90-320m wide.
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Oman: Water-Energy Nexus // Solar Energy
Solar energy is a vital and strategic solution for the provision of electric power in the Sultanate of Oman. Given the vast unused land and available solar energy resources, Oman has an excellent potential for solar energy development and deployment. Solar energy is a viable option in Oman and could not only cater to the growing need for energy diversification but also would help in economic diversification.
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Oman: Save RO 20 on water bill
Customers can save as much as RO 20 per month on their water bills if they heed 11 simple tips, according to the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW). The guidelines, part of an ongoing water conservation campaign pursued by the Authority, have been disseminated to households and customers via Twitter and other social media platforms. By acting on these simple pieces of advice, a modest-sized household can save as much as 335 gallons of potable water per day which amounts to a saving of RO 20 per month. READ MORE
RegionalNews
4th Arab Water Week (AWW): "Managing Water Systems within Fragile Environments in the Arab Region", Dead Sea, Jordan (19 – 23 March 2017)
4th Arab Water Week (AWW), an international meeting in the Arab region which tackles water management issues through establishing innovative partnerships and platforms of collaborative work on water issues in the region. The Arab Water Week (AWW) does not only provide an opportunity to enhance communication flows, synergies and the sharing of successful experiences, but as well, it will facilitate the creation of new partnerships that complement and maximize the impact of on-going work in this sector for the benefit of all countries in the region. READ MORE

WSTA 12th Gulf Water Conference, March 28–30, 2017, Manama, Bahrain
Through addressing the topic of sustainable water management in the GCC countries, the WSTA Twelve Gulf Water Conference focuses on the formulation of integrated, comprehensive water strategies. The conference will address the many relevant approaches and instruments used in the various water-consuming sectors for enhancing the level of security and sustainability of the water sector. READ MORE

Jordon and Palestine: Delivering Food and Water Security in a Middle East in Flux
Transferable Lessons for Jordan and Palestine. New knowledge on how to achieve sustainable agricultural and water sectors balances food and water security and promotes regional development. READ MORE

Jordan: Cooperation centred on water, environment imperative for regional stability — experts
Front-line states with Syria should find ways to engage in practical cooperation on essential issues, including water, refugees and social justice to pave the way for a new humanitarian order in the Middle East, experts and policy makers have suggested. As the current war in Syria prevents the creation of a regional cooperation council on a governmental level, sub-regional committees for cooperation between Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey should be set up until there is a functional state in Syria, they pointed out. READ MORE

Qatar: HBKU QEERI Hosted Workshop on Impact of Desalinated Water Impact
Researchers from Qatar, Europe, Asia, and North America gathered in Doha to discuss the impact of desalinated water on public health at a workshop organized by Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI). The workshop, which took place on 12–13 December, produced valuable insight on the safety of desalinated drinking water, which will help guide public policy in Qatar and around the world. READ MORE

Qatar: Qatar's first big seawater RO plant is nearly complete
Qatar minister of energy and industry, and chair of Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, confirmed the news at QEWC’s annual general meeting on 5 March, 2017. The QAR 1.7 billion ($467 million) gas-fired power and water project was originally slated for completion in Q3 2016. Acciona Agua was contracted by Mitsubishi Corp to design and construct the desalination units, and will operate and maintain the facility over 10 years. Mitsubishi and Toyo Thai Corp were jointly awarded the engineer, procure and construct contact. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: to benefit from three new desalination plants
Hydrochem Saudi, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyflux, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) to develop three desalination plants in Saudi Arabia. Under the MoU, the firm will design, build, supply, test and commission three seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants in Duba, Wajh and Haql, along the Red Sea coast in the western region of Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabia: says It’s about to launch a $30-$50 billion renewable energy program
Saudi Arabia will launch a renewable energy program in coming weeks that is expected to involve investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by 2023. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: KAUST is tracking superbugs for antibiotic resistance
Researchers at KAUST have uncovered a gene circulating in the Jeddah wastewater networks that confers resistance to last-resort antibiotics. The team also showed that a gene is carried by a strongly resistant strain of E.coli, PI7, which can survive for long distances through the municipal wastewater system. READ MORE

UAE: Dubai's massive desalination plant
Jebel Ali desalination plant: One of the fastest-growing cities in the world is also among the driest. Situated between the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Desert, the Jebel Ali desalination plant makes the metropolis of Dubai possible. READ MORE

UAE: Masdar professor files US patent for cloud seeding technology
One of awardees of the first cycle of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science has filed a provisional patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a new application of nanotechnology to cloud seeding techniques. Dr Linda Zou, Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, is investigating the possibility of increasing rainfall through engineering unique nanostructured properties of cloud seeding materials using electron microscopy. READ MORE

Libya: Man-Made River Authority calls for protecting water facilities 
The Man-Made River Authority MMRA has called state authorities to shoulder their responsibilities and protect Libyan people’s resources following sabotage attacks on water pipelines. The MMRA warned about the continuing attacks on water stations and pipelines, which could endanger Libyan people’s water resources. On March 05, unknown gunmen exploded water station 368 in Hasawna, Jafara, which cut water supply to some of the country’s western towns. READ MORE

Egypt: Looming crisis of the much decreased fresh-water supply to Egypt's Nile delta
A multi-year study of Egypt's Nile Delta places the country's major breadbasket at serious risk. The soil-rich delta evolved as the result of natural conditions involving the Nile's fresh water flow and transport of sediment northward from Ethiopia, across the Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean. READ MORE

Morocco: Launches Environmental Police
The Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water, and Environment organized a ceremony to launch the environmental police on Thursday, 23 February in Rabat. READ MORE

Morocco: Mohammed VI Foundation saves Argan trees with solar energy
Mohammed VI Foundation for Research and Conservation of Argan trees was awarded lately at the COP22 for its project “Solar energy in Argan groves”. Mohammed VI Foundation for Research and Conservation of Argan trees has deployed a program in partnership with the Union of Women of the Arganeraie (UCFA). A program, whose section “children and women of the arganeraies adopt solar cookers”, has recently earned the Foundation an award at COP22.
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Middle East: Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink
A sad fact of life in the Middle East is that, unlike Samuel T. Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, we do not have water, water everywhere. With the single exception of Lebanon, all Middle Eastern countries suffer from acute water shortages on at least 80 per cent of their territories. Most of the Arab Middle East concentrates the vast majority of its population along the thin river basins, where they exist, or on the sites of ancient oases, where people wasted no time in exhausting the already meagre subterranean reserves. READ MORE

Near East and North Africa: FAO Presents NENA Water Scarcity Initiative
At a technical briefing on the water-food nexus held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) presented the FAO-NENA (Near East and North Africa) Water Scarcity Initiative. The Initiative provides a comprehensive framework to ensure the sustainable use and preservation of scarce water resources in the region. READ MORE

MENA region: Toward sustainable solar-powered pumping of groundwater for irrigation
Solar-powered irrigation pumping of groundwater has the potential to revolutionize agriculture in the MiddleEast and North Africa as well as other dry areas around the world. But to deliver on the promise of this technology requires policies and projects that cut greenhouse gas emissions and offer incentives for water-efficient irrigation. READ MORE

MENA region: UN agriculture agency warns of water scarcity 
Accessible fresh water in North Africa and the Middle East has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years, posing a huge challenge requiring “an urgent and massive response,” the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today. Access to water is a fundamental need for food security, human health and agriculture, and sustainable water use for agriculture requires transforming food systems and diets, said Jose Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in a news release on his visit to Egypt. READ MORE

Mediterranean: Enhancing international cooperation in agriculture 
On the 20 of February 2017 the Euro-Mediterranean meeting “Enhancing international cooperation in the field of Mediterranean agriculture” was held in Bari (Italy) with the participation of Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministers of Agriculture Roderick Galdes (Malta), current President of the European Agriculture Ministers’ Council, Edmond Panariti (Albania); and the delegations of Italy, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon. READ MORE

Euromed Scientists to prepare 1st ever regional study on the impact of climate change & environmental change
More than 50 representatives of governments, international organisations and the scientific community will meet today, for the first time, at the UfM headquarters, to set the ground for the publication of the first ever assessment report on the impact of climate change in the Mediterranean region. READ MORE

 
InternationalNews
US: Government $4 Billion Renewable energy – Energy efficiency Goal Exceed
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), recognized 21 federal agencies during a White House event led by Christina Goldfuss, Managing Director of CEQ, and Shaun Donovan Director of OMB. READ MORE

US: Help create clean drinking water using wave energy
SAROS has proven successful in producing clean, drinkable water through several phases of lab and oceanic testing. SAROS are currently testing them third prototype, SAROSv2.5, and have made great strides toward SAROS goal of using oceanic wave energy to provide clean water to coastal and island regions. SAROS key innovation is a wave-driven, high pressure, seawater pump that feeds the RO process. READ MORE

US: Research examines for the first time the benefits and costs of novel water reuse systems
The "decentralized" water system at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which treats all non-potable water on site, contributes to the net-zero building's recognition as one of the greenest buildings in the world. However, research into the efficacy of these systems versus traditional treatment is practically non-existent in the literatureREAD MORE

US: Deep groundwater aquifers respond rapidly to climate variability
Changes in climate can rapidly impact even the deepest freshwater aquifers according to Penn State and Columbia University hydrologists. The researchers found that responses to climate variations can be detected in deep groundwater aquifers faster than expected — in many cases within a year. READ MORE

US: California - Multidisciplinary​ ​engineering team designs new solar-​paneled walls that make greywater reusable and a source of thermal heat ​
Architect ​Maria Paz ​Gutierrez is a ​woman on a ​mission. In ​addition to ​mentoring ​student ​building ​designers at ​the University ​of California (​UC), Berkeley, ​Paz Gutierrez ​is putting her ​own design ​skills to work ​to address a ​key environmental ​and socioeconomic ​issue around ​the world--​water scarcity. READ MORE

Spain: Global Smart Water Projects
Cutting-edge, smart water solutions are gaining traction with municipal water utilities, which see data and analytics as critical tools for overcoming the age-old issue of crumbling water infrastructure. READ MORE

Spain: The Secretariat of the UfM hosted the 1st General Assembly meeting of the Mediterranean Youth Climate Network (MYCN)
The MYCN was founded at MedCOP Climate 2016 with the support of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al-Hoceima Region and the UfM and is a network of seven youth associations in the Mediterranean region which are deeply concerned about the impact of climate change on the region. They are highly motivated to take priority actions and contribute to international and regional climate forums. MYCN pursues actions to fight climate change. READ MORE

EU: Promoting technology innovation to protect and ensure sustainability of Tuscany water resources through EU LIFE-REWAT project
One of the objectives of the EU LIFE-REWAT project is to develop a strategy for integrated water resources management following a participatory approach. Major activities contributing to the achievement of the above mentioned objective include the design and delivery of regional training's. READ MORE

European companies compete for water solutions
European companies are competing in the petri-dish of innovative projects looking to provide water solutions in the arid lands of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, writes Stuart Reigeluth. Stuart Reigeluth is founder of Revolve Media and vice-president of Revolve Water. In the eastern lands of the arid Arabian Peninsula, European companies are competing to find water solutions but it’s unclear if they will maintain patent rights of the technologies being developed. READ MORE

Singapore: Hyflux and university to develop water-efficient technology
Water plant developer Hyflux announced a partnership with Nanyang Technological University Tuesday to develop advanced technologies using protein to cut the running cost of seawater desalination facilities. The company hopes to develop the technology in three to five years and become leader of the market. READ MORE 

Bangladesh: Solar power is transforming the lives of some of the world's poorest farmers:
On a recent field trip to northern Bangladesh, the smiles of Habibur, a young man working in a rice field under the scotching sun caught my attention. Habibur, 28, looked content amidst the wide green vista of fields.  READ MORE

Kenya: Almar Water Solutions has been pre-qualified for the development of a desalination project that will supply the county of Mombasa, in Kenya
The project, with an estimated total capacity of 270,000 m3/day, consists of the development of three desalination plants. READ MORE

What does water have to do with national security?
Water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource and kindling for conflict in the climate change era. WRI researchers explain how water stress impacts national security, and what can be done to prevent resource wars. READ MORE

Water and enegry are intricately connected
Energy production depends on water but energy is also vital to providing freshwater; this relationship is known as the ‘water-energy nexus’. By combining our own expertise and resources with those of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) frv.com, a leading global developer of solar PV projects, we seek to address the rising demand for both energy and water in cost efficient and sustainable manner. READ MORE

Biomimetic Membrane - Copying Nature to purify water 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

Green energy solution
Algae can be turned into renewable biofuel, which is why scientists want to discover an inexpensive, fast-growing strain of algae. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a system to speed up this search.
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Almar water solution 
“The 22 countries in the Arab region, including the 14 members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), are the countries faced with the greatest scarcity of water on the planet” (Managing Water Report under Uncertainty and Risk. The United Nations World Water Development Report 4). The Middle East is investing heavily in alternative solutions to generate new renewable sources of water, such as desalination. Almar Water Solutions develops projects to ensure that the resulting water is completely suitable for consumption and other purposes. READ MORE

New technology enables cost savings and reduced cleanings for industrial water treatment operations
Developing advanced RO membranes that effectively treat challenging waters is essential in the current environment. Next generation RO products, built on legacy performance standards, offer greater fouling-resistance fueled by advances in membrane chemistry and module designs for today’s water types. Fouling-resistant membrane chemistry carefully controls charge, roughness and hydrophilicity. Coupling a membrane with a mechanically engineered module designed to control shear profiles and element efficiency provides a complete package.
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AWARDS & VACANCIES

Former Prime Minister of Togo to head United Nations rural poverty agency: Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world. 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

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

Seeking applicants - Joint Master's Programme in Water Cooperation & Diplomacy: We are seeking applicants for our new Joint Master's Programme in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy. Three universities - UNESCO-IHE (The Netherlands), the University for Peace (Costa Rica) and Oregon State University (USA) - are partnering in this innovative programme. Students spend time at each university. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. READ MORE

The Student Solidarity Award: The Student Solidarity Award were created by the Veolia Foundation, in partnership with the Veolia Campus and representatives of schools and universities. Closure of the call of projects: April 30, 2017. READ MORE

The Water Abundance XPRIZE: Apply and Win Exciting Cash Prizes for Technologies to Alleviate the Global Water Crisis, XPRIZE believes that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form a team and register to compete. To participate, a team may need to recruit additional experts and can add new members at any time throughout the competition. Competing teams will own the Intellectual Property of their submissions. The award consists of a $1.75 million cash prize with $1.5 million as Grand Prize and $250,000 in Milestone Prizes. Deadline: April 28, 2017. READ MORE

PUBLICATIONS 

  • The Energy-Water-Food Nexus and Climate Change: Implications for Policy-making, Research, and Business: By Mohamed Behnassi, published recently. READ MORE
  • De-politicizing Desalination: “Desalination is an expensive and speculative option that could drain resources away from other more practical solutions.”  READ MORE
  • Geothermal Desalination: The Potential for Clean and Affordable New Water Solutions: By Leon Awerbuch, President IDCA; Dr. Victor Van der Mast, COO Supreme Energy; and Gerard Canton, Deputy General Manager, SIDEM/Veolia. READ MORE
  • Rain and more rain to come, latest article by Stuart Reigeluth from REVOLVE about water technology innovation in MENA: The 2017 World Economic Forum Global Risks Report included a highlight from the 2016 survey of 750 experts who concurred that water scarcity poses the gravest threat to global society over the next decade. READ MORE
  • Spring book “water resources in arid area.  READ MORE
  • Water & climate change policy: A brief history for future progress, what is the current state of water and climate policy from UNFCCC COP22? READ MORE
  • How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining the Water Industry. READ MORE
  • Implementing the human right to water: Asit K Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada take a look at what it will take to ensure everyone in the world has access to safe water. READ MORE
  • How to ensure the reliability of mercury analysis in seawater: The JRC released a new seawater reference material certified for its mercury concentration. READ MORE
  • Handpump vibrations could help secure water for millions of people in Africa: the BBC report on University of Oxford research. READ MORE
  • Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Sava River Basin. READ MORE
  • Reducing pesticide use while preserving crop productivity and profitability on arable farms. READ MORE
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Arab Countries By Waleed Khalil Zubari: Water scarcity is expected to grow with time due to many pressing driving forces.  READ MORE
  • Zero Waste MENA: is a regional initiative to promote sustainable practices and provide all support to create zero waste communities in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region. READ MORE

CALL FOR PAPERS

  • 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
  • Call for Participants // Workshop "Energy-Water-Climate Change Nexus (EWCN): in a Transitional Economy: Sustainability and Resilience". READ MORE
  • CUAHSI’s 2017 Conference on Hydroinformatics: Swimming in Data without Drowning in Deluge, July 25-27, 2017, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, Abstracts will be accepted until April 15, 2017. READ MORE
TRAINING
  • RO Level 1: Seawater Reverse Osmosis Operation, Monitoring & Troubleshooting MEDRC Training Facility, Muscat Oman, 17th-20th of July, 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
  • 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

TENDERS & PROPOSALS

  • 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. READ MORE
  • Call for proposals for "Technical assistance to Palestine: Support Palestine in the design and implementation of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan “NREAP”. READ MORE
  • Oman: Supervisory Consultancy Services for the Salalah and Sharqiyah Independent Water Projects Tender No 1/2017: OPWP invites specialized companies to submit their offers for Tender No. 1/2017 for Supervisory Consultancy Services for the Salalah and Sharqiyah Independent Water Projects.OPWP wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Consultant(s) to provide project management and technical consultancy services (the “Services”). READ MORE
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • 5+5 Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean: Action Plan Kick-off Meeting 30-31 March, 2017, After the great success of having its Action Plan signed and endorsed by the Ministers during the COP 22 held in Marrakech last November, the 5+5 group for the Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean (WSWM) is meeting in Valencia (Spain) for the Kick-off Meeting of the Action Plan on 30-31 March. READ MORE
  • Annual Conference of the Arab-Euro Organization for Environment, Water and Desert Research: Primary Tabs, The website of the annual conference of the Arab-Euro Organization for Environment, Water and Desert Researches has been created. The conference will be held on 3-6 April, 2017 Aqba, Jordan. READ MORE
  • Arwadex 2017: 11th Water Desalination Conference in the Arab countries, 18-19 April 2017, Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
  • Workshop on Performance Indicators for Arab Technology Parks, Innovation Cities and Clusters: The workshop will take place at Smart Villages,18-20 April, 2017 Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
  • 3rd International Conference & Exhibition on Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation (SWSSC 2017): 23-25 April, 2017 Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
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