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International and local marine experts meeting in the Sultanate have successfully developed what is hailed as a precursor of an early warning system for combatting potentially lethal Red Tide phenomena in Oman and the wider Arabian Gulf region.

The breakthrough was announced by the Muscat-based Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), an internationally recognised hub for desalination research and training, which is coordinating the global quest for an effective warning system against deadly outbreaks of Red Tide, also known as Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

Red Tide occurrences are associated with an array of marine related impacts, including fish kills, clogging of seawater intake systems of refineries and coastal industries, and fouling of beachfronts to the detriment of coastal tourism. At a more serious level, they are also been blamed for the forced shutdown of seawater desalination plants, notably in Oman, thereby endangering supplies of potable water to large numbers of people.

At their deliberations marking the conclusion of the first phase of the study, experts unveiled a “predictive model” that can forecast the likely outbreak of HABs a full three days before the bloom can strike. READ MORE
Oman approves Water Research Strategic Programme 
Chaired by His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said, Advisor of His Majesty the Sultan and Chairman of The Research Council (TRC), the TRC Board has approved a proposal to establish a strategic research programme on water related research. READ MORE

Oman TRC board: Approve a proposal to establish the Environmental Excellence Centre
The Research Council (TRC) Authority gave its initial approval for a proposal to set an environmental centre of excellence as the Sultanate needs a specialised centre for environmental industries and creating added value of wastes. READ MORE

SWRO EPC selected for IWPP expansion 
ACWA Power Barka has awarded Adelaide-based Osmoflo an EPC contract for a 56,775 m3/d (15 MGD) SWRO plant for the phase 2 expansion of the Barka 1 IWPP.

New water tanker filling system launched 
An electronic system for controlling the process of pumping water from the filling stations to water tankers has been launched by Public Authority Electricity and Water (PAEW) at Al Ghubra. READ MORE

New MEDRC CSR Water Initiative Aimed at the Youth of Oman
MEDRC invited 80 Muscat students from grade 6 to come to their Desalination Training Center in Al Hail, to allow the students to get an overview of the water sources in Oman. The day was split into 4 main activities:
1) Water conservation & Omani indigenous plants
2) How an aquifer works, and building your own
3) A lecture and tour of our Reverse Osmosis Pilot Plant
4) Oman’s water resources. READ MORE

Oman: A seminar about best practices and its impact on water Sustainability
Oman Water Society organized a seminar about best practices and its impact on water Sustainability last January from the 25th till the 26th, 2016 in Ibri in AL-Dahira region. READ MORE
MEDRC Technical & Research Support in Gaza-February Troubleshooting and Non-Routine Maintenance Visits
Under the MEDRC Dedicated Troubleshooting and Non-Routine Maintenance Program (Gaza), MEDRC offers technical support to the Coastal Municipal Water Utility in the operation and maintenance of existing plants. The Program is delivered in partnership with the Palestinian Water Authority and is supported by the Qatar Development Fund. READ MORE

The 4th General Assembly of the Arab Water Council, 28th-29th of February, 2016, Cairo, Egypt 
The Arab Water Council (AWC) will organize its Fourth General Assembly meeting (4th GA) and several concurrent events among others: Technical Sessions on: AWC/UNESCO Initiative on Non- conventional Water Resources and Brackish Water Use for Agricultural Production in the Arab Region. READ MORE

Training bolsters know-how in water management 
The WATER POrT team, led by project manager Ms. Jovanka Ignjatovic, conducted the training “Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Links to the WATER POrT Project Component” at the head office of the Regional Environmental Center (REC) in Szentendre, Hungary, from January 19 to 28, 2016. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: plans $80bn desalination projects by 2025
The state-run Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has announced plans to invest about $80 billion by 2025 in bid to boost desalinated water production to 8.5 million cu m per day. READ MORE

Qatar: MEDRC participated at the second International Conference on Desalination and Environment 
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), in collaboration with Elsevier and ConocoPhillips Qatar, organized the second International Conference on Desalination and Environment (ICODE 2016) last January 23rd-26th, 2016. READ MORE

Qatar: hosts Arab Electricity, Water Desalination Conference
Qatar Society of Engineers, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry and the Federation of Arab Engineers, will organize electric power and water desalination conference in the Arab countries in Doha on February 22-23. READ MORE

Kuwait: KISR Inaugurates Kadhmah Bottles Water Factory
It is one of KISR’s major projects, and the first Kuwaiti production that adopts the application of saline water treatment and distillation through beach wells. READ MORE

UAE: University of Manchester and Masdar Institute launch joint graphene research program
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and The University of Manchester today launched a research collaborative research program covering three innovative projects in graphene and 2D materials. READ MORE

Iraq confirms progress towards accession to the UNECE Water Convention in 2016 
Iraq confirmed its intention to accede to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) this year. READ MORE

Jordan: 10-year strategy aimed at increasing Kingdom’s water resources 
The Jordanian government Cabinet reviewed last month a new national water strategy that will cost the Kingdom JD5.3 billion over the next 10 years. READ MORE

Lebanon’s dam obsession: Who pays the price?
While dams should in theory help increase Lebanon’s water supply and generate electricity, there’s more to the situation than meets the eye. A new World Bank-funded project centres around the construction of the Bisri dam in south Lebanon, along with conveyor pipelines and two hydropower plants. READ MORE

Morocco's: first clean energy-powered desalination project 
Morocco's first clean energy-powered desalination project has begun operations at Green Energy Park in Ben Guerir. The Aquasolar project is a seawater desalination prototype which is mobile and modular, and powered by solar thermal and PV energy. READ MORE 

Morocco: King Mohammed VI inaugurated the first phase of Jorf Lasfar seawater desalination plant 
The Seawater desalination plant developed in the Jorf Lasfar industrial complex, aims to cover the additional needs of the Complex on water, created by the development of Khouribga-Jorf Axis Lasfar, without any additional use of conventional water. READ MORE

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant 
Morocco’s king switched on the first phase of a concentrated solar power plant last February 4th that will become the world’s largest when completed. READ MORE

Algeria: The need to adjust the price of water to reduce waste
The Director General of the Algerian waters (ADE), Merrah Zidane declared recently that it was necessary to readjust the current rate of water to preserve this resource which is expensive to mobilize by the state. READ MORE

Tunisia: A national program on consolidation of water resources for 2030
Desalination of sea water, installation of tanks and increase transfer capabilities are all agreed actions within the national program on consolidation of water resources for 2030 in Tunisia. READ MORE
A turn towards renewables? A new energy future in the Middle East and North Africa region
Countries across the Middle East and North Africa region have been so far classified as energy exporters––the oil-rich Arab countries––and energy import dependent countries. READ MORE

US: Obama administration aims to reduce US water footprint
The Obama administration has begun an initiative aimed at making the United States more water-efficient, saying the country has the potential to reduce its total water use by a third. READ MORE

UN Declares Sanitation Services A Human Right
According the United Nations (UN), most definitely. On December 17, the UN moved to recognize sanitation as a separate human right from water. Five years ago, the UN recognized water and sanitation as a fundamental human right, but this new action could help bring more focus to sanitation in particular. READ MORE

Australia: First desal plant order a step closer amid drop in dams
A dramatic drop in Melbourne and Geelong's water storages has pushed the first order of water from the controversial Wonthaggi desalination plant closer. READ MORE

Nations, World Bank Group Launch High Level Panel on Water
The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the World Bank jointly announced their intention to form a new panel to mobilize urgent action towards the sustainable development goal for water and sanitation (SDG 6) and related targets. READ MORE

Can alternative water resources become viable in low-income countries?
“Alternative” water resources are generally thought of as those using desalination, rainwater harvesting, water reuse, and even water loss reduction technology to increase the available water supply beyond traditional ground and surface water sources. READ MORE

Countries in conflict can hold on to science expertise
The Middle East and North Africa region has been a conflict hot spot for a while now. No one knows when the situation will settle. But taking positive steps is essential if highly qualified researchers are to survive the difficult conditions, and even thrive. READ MORE

Inge's ultrafiltration technology wins place in desalination upgrade
Subsidiary of chemical giant, BASF, Inge, will supply its ultrafiltration technology for San Jose Water Company's upgrade of its 40-year old Montevina Water Treatment Plant, using an interactive multiple criteria decision tool. READ MORE

Application to the Young Water Leaders Summit, Singapore International Water Week, Singapore
About 100 young professionals will be accepted to participate in this biennial event. Application closes on 22 March 2016, the World Water Day. READ MORE

JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme
Jointly organized by UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme provides promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS. The application deadline is on the 29th of February, 2016. READ MORE

The Experienced Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme (EWPFP COFUND) is a fellowship programme for incoming mobility of experienced researchers in the broad field of water and development. The deadline for application is on the 1st of March, 2016. READ MORE

Cal Poly Receives Grant to Develop Improved Desalination Technology
Cal Poly chemistry Professor Shanju Zhang received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to use nanotechnology to improve desalination techniques by using far less energy than traditional methods. READ MORE

The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are offering a limited number of scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands
The application deadline is on the 15th of June, 2016. READ MORE

A WASH Coordinator is required in Amman, Jordan. Duration: 12 months. Start date: 1st of April, 2016. READ MORE

Palestine-Regional Water Utilities-Team Leader
A team leader is needed to contribute to the establishment and operation of Regional Water Utilities (RWUs) in West Bank & Gaza Strip. Apply before: 26th of February, 2016. READ MORE

Anne-France Didier, new director of Plan Bleu 
Anne-France Didier is Plan Bleu's new director since the 1st of January, 2016. READ MORE


  • The Global Risks Report 2016 is available now. READ MORE
  • “Social Water Studies in the MENA Region”. READ MORE
  • Analysis of the Desalination industry in GCC countries: All sources of water with the Production and Consumption data and trends (2004). READ MORE
  • Businesses' role in WASH. READ MORE
  • INCONET-GCC 2 international conference Report. READ MORE
  • Groundwater Workshop for Middle East & North Africa (MENA). READ MORE
  • Integration of climate variability and change into national ICZM strategies. READ MORE
  • Cap-Net UNDP's IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change Manual was released in 2009 and will be revised during 2016. READ MORE
  • A survey of wastewaters generated by a hospital in Marrakech city and their characterization. READ MORE


  • Call for contribution from ECHN: for early career researchers (i.e. researchers within 10 years after graduation and with a degree in hydrogeology or a related discipline). Abstract submission deadline: 31st of March, 2016. For more information, contact:
  • A call for papers for the 1st Mediterranean Forum for PhD Students and Young Researchers Montpellier, France has just been announced by CIHEAM. The closure date for contributions is set for the 30th of February, 2016. READ MORE
  • The 3rd International Congress on Water, Waste and Energy Management (EWWM) to be held in Rome on the 18th till the 20th of July, 2016. Calls for abstracts submission till: 31st of March, 2016. READ MORE
  • AMS 3rd till the 5th of May,2016. Membrane Technologies for Water Treatment in Urban Centers and Small Communities, Sfax, Tunisia submission deadline Complete articles (oral presentations) (Posters only): 29th of February, 2016. READ MORE 
  • ICWT 2016: 2nd International Conference on Water Technology (ICWT 2016), 25th till the 27th of June, 2016, Bali, Indonesia. Call for papers is open till the 25th of February, 2016. READ MORE
  • IDA Water Reuse Conference 2016: Water Reuse and Recycling Turning Vision Into Reality Call for Papers Now Open! Submission Deadline: 31st of March, 2016. READ MORE
  • Call for Papers: Oman Waste and Environment Conference. Last date for submission of abstracts on the 28th of February, 2016. READ MORE
  • FILTECH, 11th-13th of October, 2016, Cologne, Germany. FILTECH is the largest and most important filtration event world-wide, deadline for abstract submission is on the 26th of February, 2016. READ MORE
  • Reverse Osmosis Level 2: Seawater System Operation & Features of Optimum Design. From the 7th till the 10th of March, 2016. MEDRC Training Facility, Muscat, Oman. READ MORE
  • Reverse Osmosis Level 2: Seawater Reverse Osmosis Pretreatment. From the 28th till the 31st of March, 2016. MEDRC Training Facility, Muscat Oman. READ MORE
  • Membrane Technology, Process and System Design, EDS. From the 14th till the 16th of March, 2016. Rome, Italy. READ MORE
  • Desalination with Solar Energy: A 4 day intensive course. From the 10th till the 13th  of May, 2016. Almeria. READ MORE
  • An international course “Analysis and Design of Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Concepts, Methods and Applications to Mediterranean and Tropical systems” .From the 12th till the 16th of July, 2016. Montpellier, France. READ MORE
Upcoming Events


  • Sustainable Water Integrated Management programme (SWIM) Phase II Demonstration projects. Deadline for the submission of concept notes is on the 1st of March, 2016. READ MORE
  • Call for Innovation Proposals 2016-1 (KIC InnoEnergy – IRESEN Joint Call for Innovation Projects “MAGHRENOV”): The MAGHRENOV Project addresses Mediterranean innovative markets in the field of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (RE&EE). 4th of April, 2016: Closing of the Call. READ MORE
  • Strengthening the supply of water in the city of Ouarzazate from the dam Tiouine (Morocco): The Moroccan National Office for Electricity and Water (ONEE) intends using part of the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) towards the cost of ONEE Water Supply Project. Closing date: 9th of March, 2016. READ MORE
  • Tenders Opportunities for Projects Financed by IDB: Invitation for Prequalification of Contractors for Design, Build & Operate of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Iran. Last Date of Submission: 21st of February,2016. READ MORE 
  • Tenders Opportunities for Projects Financed by IDB: Pre-qualification document for Libreville Storm Water Drainage &Sanitation Infrastructure Project (GAB 0047). Last Date of Submission: 27th of February, 2016. READ MORE
  • 1st ERANETMED Call – Results announced: A total of 21 transnational projects were approved. 11 projects are in the scientific area of Renewable energies and energy efficiency, 7 projects in the area of Water resources management and the rest in the ENERGY-WATER nexus. READ MORE
  • WATER POrT Call Opening for Capacity Building on Water Resources Protection in Jordan & Tunisia: Open until: 26th of February, 2016. READ MORE, see related calls at Water Sum project website
  • Qatar hosts Arab Electricity, Water Desalination Conference: Electric power and water desalination conference in the Arab countries. From the 22nd-23rd of February,2016, Doha, Qatar. READ MORE
  • Seminar on Desalination in Morocco: situation and prospects “Role of R&D: Presentation of results of Fabri-Desalination Project”, IEA, 24th-25th of February 2016, Rabat, Morocco. READ MORE
  • Official launch of the BlueGreen Med-CS project, 23rd-25th of February 2016, UfM headquarters, Barcelona, Spain. READ MORE
  • Kingdom Economic Smart Cities Summit, 24th of February 2016, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. READ MORE
  • WWT Water Northern Ireland Conference, 25th February 2016, Belfast, Ireland. READ MORE
  • WEX Global 2016 | 10th International Summit on Water, Energy and the Zero Waste Society, 29th of February till the 2nd of March, 2016. Lisbon, Portugal. READ MORE
  • The 4th General Assembly of the Arab Water Council, 28th-29th of February, 2016, Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
  • International water conference: "Water Resources in Arid Areas: The Way Forward", from the 13th-16th of March, 2016, at SQU, Muscat, Oman. READ MORE
  • Regional workshop on achieving equitable access to water and sanitation: From assessment to action, 21st-22nd of March, 2016, Geneva, SwitzerlandREAD MORE
  • 5th Water Forum, 21st-23rd of March 2016, Mahdia, Tunisia. READ MORE
  • International World Water Day 2016: water and jobs. 22nd of March, 2016. Worldwide. READ MORE
  • The 3rd Annual Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems Middle East Conference, 28th-29th of March, 2016. Doha, Qatar. READ MORE
  • Morocco Solar, Wind & Hydro Project, 4th-5th of April, 2016, Rabat, Morocco. READ MORE
  • Smart Blue City - 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference 2016, 14th-16th of April,2016, Limassol, CyprusREAD MORE
  • The Global Water Summit 2016, 19th-20th of April, 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE. READ MORE
  • International Water Technology Conference, from the 21st-23rd of April, 2016, Sharm El- Sheikh, EgyptREAD MORE
  • International Conference "Cross-disciplinary approaches to the Hydraulic Landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean", 1200-1900CE, 21st-23rd of April, 2016, Balamand, Lebanon. READ MORE
  • 3rd International Conference & Exhibition on "Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation" (SWSSC 2016), 23rd-25th of April, 2016, Cairo, Egypt. 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
  • Desalination for the Environment, Clean Water and Energy, 22nd-26th of May, 2016, Rome, Italy. READ MORE
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