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Muscat: Oman has plans to open ten new desalination plants over the next seven years and training heads are looking for Omani staff for the projects, Eng Riadh Dridi, Head of Training in Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) said.

BP Oman’s Social Investment Programme has joined hands with MEDRC Water Research to deliver a capacity building programme (TAHLYA) in reverse osmosis desalination to fresh Omani graduates. READ MORE
Oman: TRC invites applications for water science award
The Research Council (TRC), in collaboration with the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science and the Ministry of Education, is inviting applications for the research and innovation award in water science. It began to receive applications from Monday, according to a statement. The award aims to encourage and promote the development of high-quality research and innovative ideas that address the needs of the local water sector. READ MORE
Oman: WEE Pros organized a study tour to Oman
WEE Pros GmbH, a German organization that has signed a MoU earlier this year with MEDRC, has organized a technical study tour to Sultanate of Oman upon the topic “Water & Sludge Reuse Management”. The Study Tour forms part of a Human Capacity Building Project for Water Service Providers funded by the GIZ Water Programme in Palestine and implemented by a consortium of ICON, IOW and GCT, with IOW as its implementing partner. READ MORE
Oman Technology: New venture capital firm for tech start-ups
Oman Technology Fund (OTF) with an initial capital of $200 million was launched last October at a ceremony presided over by HE Dr Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry. Oman Investment Fund’s (OIF) new technology-focused venture capital fund will invest in emerging technology enterprises in the Sultanate and the wider region. READ MORE

Oman: Intex Oman exhibition & forum 2016
INTEX Oman Exhibition & Forum 2016 grouped five distinct exhibitions each spotlighting a promising segment of the Sultanate’s increasingly diversifying economic base and took place last December 5-7th in Muscat. It gathered private companies from Oman and abroad and also Omani stakeholders. MEDRC was present through a booth and also a presentation given by its research department head. READ MORE

Oman: MEDRC Constructs Ayni Falaj as part of Youth Water Awareness Program
Part of our mission to find solutions to fresh water scarcity is to promote awareness of water conservation methods and traditions. We also seek to highlight the deep historical respect for water conservation in the cultures of our region. The Falaj is an original Omani irrigation system, dating back thousands of years and deeply-rooted in the country’s culture and history. As part of our Youth Water Awareness Program we will show visiting schools the workings of the Aflaj and discuss the importance of water and water conservation. READ MORE
EcoPeace Annual Conference, November 22-23, 2016, Dead Sea, Jordan
EcoPeace held its Annual Regional Conference, entitled "Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future", under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Hazim El-Nasser, Jordanian Minister of Water & Irrigation. READ MORE

Bahrain: British council organized a science event to boost collaborative research between the UK and Bahrain
The UK Government is working in partnership with the British Council to launch a series of science events, which allow researchers to come together and tackle some of the challenges both countries face. READ MORE

Jordan: Donors pledge around $400 million for Red-Dead project
The Jordanian government has raised approximately $400 million from donor countries and agencies to finance the first phase of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project (Red-Dead), a government official said recently. US, UK and Japan are the main contributors of grants, cash and in-kind assistance. READ MORE.

Jordan: Could hydroponics help water-parched Jordan?
The United Nations estimates that by 2030, nearly half the world will be living in areas of high water stress. Jordan, in the midst of a water crisis, is looking for solutions. With hydroponic farming, crops are grown without soil and by recycling nutrient-dense water instead. About 50 to 75 percent less water is used than with conventional farming, and crops produce a higher yield with fewer pesticides. As most Gulf countries import up to 90 percent of their food, they've embraced renewable green technology. READ MORE

Jordan: Study tour JVA and Jordanian Water users’ associations group - CIHEAM Bari, 21-25 November 2016
Within the German-Jordanian Programme "Management of Water Resources" 2016—2018, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in cooperation with the water sector public institutions in Jordan and aiming at strengthening the capacities of the three public water institutions with regard to the growing pressure on the scarce water resources, the CIHEAM Bari has been granted the responsibility to organize and implement a study tour for Jordanian WUAs in Italy. READ MORE

Jordan: Stakeholders celebrate completion of Water Network Project
The Millennium Challenge Account-Jordan (MCA-Jordan), with support from the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), celebrated recently the completion of the Water Network Project and the Wastewater Network Project in Zarqa Governorate. It also celebrated the inauguration of a new 1,627-square-metre administrative building for the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) in Zarqa, 22km northeast of Amman. READ MORE

Jordan: Suez and Mitsubishi on shortlist for Red Sea Dead Sea project
Jordan's Water and Irrigation Ministry has shortlisted five consortia to submit definitive bids for phase one of the Red Sea Dead Sea project. They are: CNTIC Consortium (China National Technical Import & Export Corporation); Hutchison Water International Holdings; Korea Water Resources Corporation; Mitsubishi Corporation; and Suez International SAS. READ MORE

Jordan: Entrepreneurs urged to focus on water, energy, food as interconnected sectors
During AMWAJ Forum 2016, the experts in environment-sustainability and social entrepreneurship called on the Arab youth to generate real and innovative solutions to build a more sustainable future for the Middle East. READ MORE

Jordan & Egypt: Roundtable meeting on greywater
Supported by WLE and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) facilitated a roundtable discussion on the Jordanian and Egyptian experiences related to research, adaptation and adoption of greywater reuse systems at the household level. The roundtable discussion took place at the Holiday Inn in Amman from 9am to 4pm on the 7th of November. READ MORE

Egypt: Rivers, wells and desalination: Egypt's freshwater dilemma
Among lower middle income countries, Egypt ranks seventh in mortality related to water pollution, disclosed Amena Sharaf, an environmental researcher at the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights. READ MORE

Regional Mediterranean Workshop on Desalination, Non-Revenue Water Reduction and Public-Private Partnership under Water Scarcity, 12-14 December 2016, Marseille, France
The objectives of the workshop are to facilitate knowledge exchange between countries of the Mediterranean region confronted with water scarcity on the one hand, and learn from best practices both within the region and beyond. READ MORE

EBRD and UfM private renewable energy framework for North Africa and Middle East
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) launched a joint programme today aimed at the development of private renewable energy markets in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. READ MORE

UAE: Solar-powered irrigation technology helps make UAE farms greener
Nasser Al Mansoori and Ali Al Taee want to make the country’s farms ­greener by swapping diesel ­generators for solar power. Most farms use diesel-powered pumps to extract the groundwater that is used to irrigate crops and trees. It is noisy, dirty and expensive, with farms paying up to Dh80,000 a year to fuel one generator. READ MORE

UAE: IWS to highlight GCC success in water security
GCC’s successful record of overcoming extreme water scarcity in one of the driest parts of the world will be a cornerstone of the fifth International Water Summit (IWS), to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in January 2017.  READ MORE

UAE: Chinese interest in Dubai Green Fund
Dubai is in discussions with international fin­anciers, including a Chinese government bank, to help provide financing for its US$27 billion green fund, the only such government initiative in the Arabian Gulf region. READ MORE

UAE: Abu Dhabi set for new water, electricity tariff
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) in association with its two subsidiaries, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), and Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC), has announced changes to its water and electricity services tariff starting from January 1, 2017. READ MORE

UAE: Abu Dhabi issues regulations on solar PV
Small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Abu Dhabi have come under the spotlight after an announcement by Abu Dhabi to have them regulated. The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) in Abu Dhabi will, starting next month, roll out a set of regulations governing small-scale PV energy netting. READ MORE

UAE: Dewa receives 30 EOI for 200MW solar park
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) received 30 Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the 200 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) Plant, constituting Phase IV of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. READ MORE

UAE: Company to develop 200MW solar plant in Jordan
Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company announced an agreement to develop a commercially driven utility-scale 200 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar plant for the Energy Ministry. The agreement comes less than one month after Masdar and its partners inaugurated the 117MW Tafileh wind farm in the Kingdom, a statement from the company said. READ MORE

UAE: Veolia to treat hazardous liquids at new Dubai plant
The plant will treat 200 m3/shift (three shifts a day) of hazardous liquids, including acidic waste, alkaline waste, oil waste, and wastewater. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: Arid Saudi Arabia Could Need '$50 Billion' In Water Investment
Arid Saudi Arabia could need more than $53 billion in water sector investment supported by private funds as demand grows, according to officials. The world's largest oil exporter, whose petroleum revenues fell 51 per cent last year on declining crude prices, is pushing to diversify its economy through greater private sector investment and development of new industries.READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: KAUST- Exploring how rice could survive salt stress
Rice is a staple for more than half of the world’s population, yet it is also the most salt-sensitive cereal crop. KAUST researchers have studied the early responses of rice plants to moderately saline conditions and for the first time pinpointed new salt tolerance genetic loci. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: KAUST - Water Desalination and Reuse Center
The Water Desalination and Reuse Center hosted its 7th Annual Center Industry Affiliated Program (CIAP) Meeting on November 9-10, 2016. A total of 33 delegates representing 17 companies, government and intergovernmental agencies, and the Islamic Development Bank attended the meeting. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: Saudi councilors urge study on water consumption
Saudi Arabia's Shura council calls for 'robust' study into water consumption in the kingdom amid persistent claims that water bills are too high. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: to launch national water efficiency programme
Saudi Arabia will establish a national programme to optimise water and energy consumption, it announced in a cabinet statement last week, further moves in areas where the government is seeking to cut back huge subsidies. READ MORE

Saudi Arabia: Saudi outlines privatised future for desalination and reuse
Saudi Arabia will tender desalination projects to private investors in the future, reports Saudi-US Trade Group (SUSTG). The move was confirmed in comments made by officials from Saudi's Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), at the Water Investment Forum in capital city Riyadh on 27 and 28 November 2016. READ MORE

Tunisia: Water reserves are threathened
Desalination of seawater, the establishment of regional action plans in the governorates most affected by the lack of drinking water and the construction of two new dams / reservoirs are the main National water management strategy, according to Abdallah Rabhi, Secretary of State for Water Resources and Fisheries. READ MORE

Algeria: to Generate Renewable Power
Algeria’s state-owned utility in charge of electricity and natural gas distribution, Sonelgaz Group’s CEO, Mustapha Guitouni, said that the company is developing a nationwide program aimed at producing 4,000MW of electricity from renewable energies such as solar and windmill, reported Algeria Times. READ MORE

Morocco: Drought, floods and water stress cost companies $14bn
A survey of 600 global companies released at the Marrakech climate change conference shows they are still not doing enough to mitigate water risks. READ MORE

Morocco: lights the way for Africa on renewable energy
COP22 host leads by example in the fight against climate change with 52% green energy target by 2020 and Africa’s first city cycle hire scheme. As the host of this year’s COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco has been keen to demonstrate its green credentials and make this COP the “African COP”. READ MORE

Morocco: Bringing together water and climate at COP22
Over the past year, the World Water Council has worked closely with the French and Moroccan CoP Presidencies and other partners to facilitate the organization of the first official UNFCCC Global Climate Action Day for Water on 9 November in Marrakech. READ MORE

Morocco: Nearly 50 countries vow to use 100% renewable energy by 2050
The 48 members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum made the decision while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The Climate Vulnerable Forum was set up in 2009 and is made up of countries that are disproportionately affected by climate change. READ MORE

Morocco COP22: The four "Alliances" of Basins, Megacities, Desalination and Business are getting mobilized to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement
The official Action Day for Water of the COP22, organized in Marrakech on past 9 November as part of the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA), drew the attention of governments and of all the partners concerned by the strategic importance of water in the context of climate change and proposed tangible solutions for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. READ MORE

Morocco: Marrakech climate conference concludes-concrete results to put Paris Agreement on climate change into action
Almost 200 countries met in Morocco for the annual UN gathering, against the backdrop of the rapid ratification and entry into force of the landmark deal. The Paris Agreement became international law on 4 November 2016, less than a year after it was adopted. READ MORE

Morocco: to tender for 800MW solar plants by 2017
Morocco plans to launch tenders for the construction of two solar plants with a combined capacity of up to 800 megawatts (MW) by the start of 2017, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) said on Monday. READ MORE

Morocco Hosts World’s Largest Solar Plant – Analysis
The ambitious Moroccan plan for harnessing heat coming from the sun in the Sahara desert and turning it into electricity has drawn international attention, also during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22), held in Marrakesh, last November 7-18. READ MORE

Morocco: Every drop is precious in eastern Morocco
“Every drop is like gold. It should almost be measured by the carat,” said local activist Najib Bachiri. A few weeks ago in bustling Marrakesh 800km away, negotiators are thrashing out the details of a landmark global agreement designed to stave off disastrous climate change. But in Tafoughalt, a little village deep in the mountains of Morocco’s Berkane province, that impact is being felt already. READ MORE

Iraq: Mosul Dam collapse 'will be worse than a nuclear bomb'
As Iraqi forces continue their military operation to take Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, another equally important battle to save the Mosul Dam, located 60km north of Mosul, is under way. READ MORE

Syrian Crisis Altered Region's Land and Water Resources
The Syrian ​civil war and ​subsequent ​refugee ​migration ​caused sudden ​changes in the ​area's land ​use and ​freshwater ​resources, ​according to ​satellite data ​analyzed by ​Stanford ​researchers.​ The findings, ​published in ​ '​Proceedings of ​the National ​Academy of ​Sciences', ​are the first ​to demonstrate ​detailed ​water ​management ​practices in an ​active war zone. ​READ MORE

Lebanon: Will Lebanon follow Morocco's renewable energy footsteps in light of new political momentum?
As Lebanon groans under the heavy weight of power outages and their dire repercussions on the nation's economy, most parts of the world have been increasingly utilizing renewable energy (RE) and putting energy efficiency (EE) into the core of their transition towards low-carbon and green economy. READ MORE

Lebanon: AFED Conference on Sustainable Development in Arab Countries
Recommendations of AFED conference on SDGs in a Changing Arab Climate announced at the closing session with input from civil society and members of AFED's Future Environment Leaders Forum (FELF). Active participation of 52 students from 12 Arab universities brought fresh air and dynamism to the meeting. Final text to be published next week. READ MORE
Budapest: Statement of the High Level Panel on Water
The main focus in Budapest (November 29th, 2016) was on the vital challenge of financing the world’s water infrastructure needs. We recognize that achieving the SDG6 and water-related targets will come with new and significant financing needs, and that it will require a fundamental shift in the way the sector is being financed. READ MORE

UN: Parties to UNECE Protocol on Water and Health Call for Action on WASH
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe called for action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools and healthcare facilities in the pan-European region. READ MORE

U.S: Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco for Solar Decathlon Africa Competition in 2019
Today, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz and Minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water, and Environment (MEMEE) and Director Badr Ikken of the Research Institute in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the development of a Solar Decathlon Africa competition in 2019. READ MORE

US: Bureau of Reclamation Selects Three Projects to Receive Nearly $300,000 for Innovative Water Treatment Research Projects
The Bureau of Reclamation has selected three projects to receive $299,685 under an innovative pilot-scale water treatment technologies and process for inland desalination. The selected projects will receive funding through cooperative agreements and will include a period of pilot testing at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  READ MORE

America: How Agriculture Uses Energy
When we think of ways to reduce emissions of toxic gas contributing to global warming, the suggestions brought up first are usually buying a car that has better gas mileage, recycling and composting, or buying energy-efficient appliances. All of these are excellent ways to help reduce energy consumption. READ MORE

China: Hyflux unit selling China water treatment plant stake for US$136.5m
WATER treatment firm Hyflux Ltd on Wednesday said its unit is selling its 50 per cent stake in treatment plant Galaxy NewSpring for US$136.5 million. The stake will be sold to Yunnan Water (Hong Kong) Company Limited, which had held the remaining 50 per cent of the Chinese treatment plant. READ MORE

China: Towards Zero-Discharge Seawater Desalination
Researchers in China have developed a method of salt water desalination that generates very little waste and is less susceptible to scaling. Their results have been published in the Journal of Membrane Science. Called fracsis (fractionation + electrodialysis), the process uses a commercially-available nanofiltration membrane to first separate ions with different valency. Valency is a measure of the ability to form covalent bonds. READ MORE

Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all
Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised. With 64 votes in favour and none against, the 90-seat parliament added an article to the EU country’s constitution saying “everyone has the right to drinkable water”.  READ MORE

Danish Technology Moves American Wastewater into the Future
A project in Chicago is to show how wastewater treatment can be done in a more energy efficient way. ​Water Technology Alliance Chicago is behind the project. ​In the future, ​Glenbard ​Wastewater ​Facility, near ​Chicago in the ​US, could be ​the place other ​American water ​companies look ​to for ​inspiration for ​efficient and ​energy-wise ​wastewater ​treatment. ​READ MORE

Pakistan: grants approval for SWRO plant in Gwadar
Pakistan has approved plans for a five million gallons a day (189,000 m3/d) seawater reverse osmosis plant in Gwadar, a port city in the southwest, reports Express Tribune. The project's estimated cost of PKR 5,071 million ($48.4 million) is expected to be 90 per cent met by China, since Gwadar is a key location on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. READ MORE

Mexico: Consolidated Water lines up Mexican mega-project
The Playas de Rosarito seawater RO desalination mega-plant project has been six years in the making. It began as a twinkle in Consolidated Water's eye even before Mexico had introduced its new public-private partnerships law, but the act's introduction in 2012 gave the project a clear structure for moving ahead. READ MORE

An Integrated Approach to Refinery Wastewater Treatment
From the perspective of wastewater management, refiners must ensure effective contacting and phase separation in the desalter, to minimize oil under-carry to the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). This is a challenge with blends containing high fractions of opportunity crudes. READ MORE

“Starving” bacteria to double energy extraction from sewage
The researchers are currently collaborating with DC Water (the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority) to implement the new process on a part of the plant's full-scale water treatment installation. The next step is to evaluate how well the process can help achieve more efficient wastewater treatment on a large scale. READ MORE

The biggest water-related challenges facing the world: Fact or fiction
The ever-louder calls of alarm regarding the large gap between current water needs and existing water resources are now beginning to be echoed in all of the reports by international organisations like the World Bank or the FAO, with hardly any urging to respond to them.  READ MORE

True Turnkey Solutions for Membrane Water Purification
Membrane process systems have readily evolved into the preferred choice over conventional water treatment processes involving clarifiers, large media filters, cation and anion IX resin beds. MF and/or UF to remove suspended solids prior to RO and EDI are capable of removing suspended solids down to 0.02 microns in size which had previously caused fouling of downstream IX resin beds. READ MORE

RCREEE and OFID further expand their partnership support to Arab Sustainable Energy Young Professionals: Vienna, Austria- November 2016, The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) approved a larger grant in support of the Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY). OFID Director-General, Mr. Suleiman Al-Herbish and RCREEE Executive Director, Dr. Ahmed Badr signed the new grant agreement on November 8, 2016 at OFID headquarters. READ MORE

IsDB announces US$450,000 prizes in Science & technology and Women Contribution to Development. The deadline for the submission of applications is extended to December 31, 2016. Application forms and details about each prize are available on the IsDB website. READ MORE

Research Vacancy - Postdoc at "Stepping Up" for Developing Water, Energy & Food Nexus Models
The Abertay University (Scotland) now seeks to appoint a Research Fellow within the Maths and Computing Division in the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games. The successful candidate will participate in the EPSRC STEPPING UP project, with the involvement of eight partner institutions across the UK: University of Manchester, University of Surrey, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, Cranfield University, Loughborough University, HR Wallingford and Science & Technology Facilities Council. The closing date for applications is December 31,  2016. READ MORE

Global Water Awards 2017 Nominations are NOW OPEN: When nominations close on January 31, 2017, a panel of experts will begin the difficult task of filtering out a shortlist. With the shortlist published online and in print in February 2017, voting will open to readers of Global Water Intelligence and Water Desalination Report, and members of the International Desalination Association (IDA).  READ MORE

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP): The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals. An NFP Fellowship covers all costs associated with completing a Master of Science study programme at UNESCO-IHE. Deadline: January 31, 2017. READ MORE

Erasmus+ Mundus Fellowships on “Groundwater & global change: Impacts & adaptation”: TU Dresden, University of Lisbon and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education offer the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme in Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation (acronym GroundwatCH). Erasmus+ Mundus Fellowships are available! Deadline for Fellowship Applications: January 15, 2017. READ MORE

Opportunities for climate researchers from developing countries:
You can spend a year working in Germany with a host of your choice. Apply for an International Climate Protection Fellowship. Application deadline is March 1, 2017. READ MORE

TU Dresden, University of Lisbon and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education offer the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme in Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation (acronym GroundwatCH): Deadline for Fellowship Applications: 15 January 2017, Deadline for Academic Admission Applications: 30 June, 2017. READ MORE

More Water, Less Concentrate Prize: AWARD: $150,000 USD: The US Bureau of Reclamation is seeking innovative solutions to expand usable water supplies by maximizing fresh water production from inland desalination systems in a cost effective and environmentally sound manner. Currently, significant and desirable water supplies are trapped in concentrate streams that are a byproduct of desalination technologies. Deadline for applications: 13 March, 2017READ MORE

Willie Grabow Young Investigator Award: IWA-HRWM Willie Grabow Young Investigator Award, closing date: January 10, 2017, Contact: Bettina Genthe at . READ MORE


  • Message From MEDRC Center Director, CIARÁN Ó CUINN –MEDRC Quarterly Newsletter issue #7: READ MORE
  • MEDRC Quarterly Newsletter Issue #7, November 2016. READ MORE
  • The Future of desalination: Interview of Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research at MEDRC, with Revolve Magazine. READ MORE
  • Interview of Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research at MEDRC, with Jund of Oman. READ MORE
  • The Water-Energy-Food Nexus report: The term nexus describes the key interactions between parts of a system or systems. READ MORE
  • Nile Basin Initiative Publishes a Nile Basin Water Resources Atlas: The Nile Basin Water Resources Atlas can be accessed through the Nile Information System. READ MORE
  • Addressing the Groundwater Governance Challenge - A call from the Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Action project, by: Marguerite de Chaisemartin, Robert G. Varady, Sharon B. Megdal, Kirstin I. Conti, Jac van der Gun, Andrea Merla, Geert-Jan Nijsten, and Friedemann Scheibler. READ MORE
  • New reports, briefs and training manual on water integrity risks in MENA region: READ MORE
  • Key players’ perspective on climate change in the Mediterranean. READ MORE
  • The 3rd Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) is now published by RCREEE with the support of UNDP and its Arab Climate Resilience Initiative (ACRI): Renewable Energies Further Scale Up to Exceed 3000MW Across Arab States, With Plan for over 80GW by 2030. READ MORE
  • Shared waters – joint responsibilities: ICPDR Annual Report 2015 now available for download. READ MORE
  • Emblematic megacities address the threats of climate change to their water-related needs: READ MORE


  • 12th Int. Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Conference), Call for abstracts deadline is: December 22nd, 2016. READ MORE 
  • Desalination for Clean Water and Energy Cooperation around the World, 9–12 May 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel; announced a call for abstracts to be due by 30 December 2016. READ MORE 
  • Call for Applications INTAJ 2.0 Solid Waste Management - Recycling Sector in Lebanon: Competition for this Call for Applications will be open until March 31, 2017. READ MORE
  • Arab Water Week 2017, Dead Sea, Jordan (19-23/3/2017) - Call for Papers: Deadline for submitting online abstracts: 31 December, 2016. READ MORE
  • WSTA 12th Gulf Water Conference, March 28–30, 2017, Manama, Bahrain. Deadline for papers December 31, 2016. READ MORE
  • Call for Conference Contributions: AfriAlliance is inviting contributions for its inaugural Conference, taking place 22-24 March 2017 in South-Africa in collaboration with the LoCS4 Africa Congress. The submission deadline is 9 January 2017. Benefit now from the early bird conference registration fee. READ MORE
  • Nanotech-2017 2nd International Nanotechnology Conference & Expo is going to be held during 3rd-5th of April, 2017 in Dubai, UAE. Abstract submission deadline is: 15th of March, 2017. READ MORE 
  • ARWADEX 2017: "11th Water Desalination conference in the Arab countries to be held in Cairo, Egypt on 18th-19th of April, 2017. Deadline for receiving full paper 14th of January, 2017. READ MORE
  • HCWW Conference: "3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Sustainable Water Supply & Sanitation SWSSC 2016” that was scheduled on the 25th-27th of September, 2016, has now been re-scheduled on the 23rd-25th of April, 2017, Caio, Egypt. Abstracts submitted to be kept and additional submissions are still accepted. 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. 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: According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt plans to increase its agricultural production level by reclaiming 1.5 million acres of desert land by 2017 and another 3 million acres by 2030. READ MORE
  • Towards the first call for proposals of ENPI CBC Med program: draft guidelines for applicants published. READ MORE
  • “Morocco has tendered more than 1000MW of large-scale renewable energy projects through its IPP public competitive bidding process and has a RE target by 2030 of 52%. Especially remarkable is the commissioning of the largest CSP project Noor 1 of 160 MW. READ MORE
  • MEDRC RO Level 1: Seawater Reverse Osmosis Operation, Monitoring & Troubleshooting: 9th-12th of January, 2017, Muscat, Oman. READ MORE
  • RO Level 2: Seawater Reverse Osmosis System Operation & Features of Optimum Design: 23rd-26th of January, 2017, Muscat, Oman. READ MORE

  • Sustainability in Food and Water: An Arab Viewpoint Conference, 18th-19th of December 2016. Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
  • Water Summit 2017 to Support MENA Water Sustainability and Innovation, 5th of January, 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE. READ MORE
  • International Water Summit: 16th-19th of January 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE. READ MORE
  • Membranes in the Production of Drinking and Industrial Water (MDIW), 6th–8th of February 2017, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. READ MORE
  • Saudi Water and Environment Forum – SWEF, 12th-14th of February 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. READ MORE
  • Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, 13th-17th of February 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. READ MORE
  • 11th IWA Symposium on Tastes, Odours & Algal Toxins in Water, 14th-16th of February 2017, Sydney, Australia. READ MORE
  • 2nd Middle East Oilfield Produced Water Management Conference & Exhibition, 14th-16th of February 2017, Muscat, Oman. 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, 2017, Cairo, 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
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