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The event was co-hosted by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and the Coastal Municipality Water Utility (CMWU) recently. 21 participants, mainly engineers, technicians and plant operators took part in the training. The training content was “Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant –trouble shooting and Non-Routine Maintenance” and was especially tailored for the Dier Al Balah Plant in Gaza. Main content of the training was the long-term monitoring to avoid technical problems, chemical cleaning, treatment and pretreatment of the plant. The training consisted of a theoretical and practical training. The practical training was conducted at the Dier Al Balah plant.

MEDRC in cooperation with the PWA and the CMWU conducts since 2015 hands-on in-country training in Palestine to support plant operators, engineers and technicians directly at the plants. READ MORE
LocalNews
Oman: Hyflux secures financing for new SWRO plant in Qurayyat
Qurayyat Desalination SAOC, a subsidiary of Hyflux, has secured non-recourse finance of $185 million for a seawater RO plant in Qurayyat, Oman. The plant, Hyflux's largest in Oman, in the governorate of Muscat, will provide the country with 200,000 m3/d of additional drinking water. Qurayyat Desalination SAOC is to sell water to the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company for twenty years from 2017 to 2037. The finance was provided by Mizuho Bank, Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai, and Clifford Capital of Singapore, which is offering a fixed-to-floating rate term loan as part of the package. READ MORE
RegionalNews
Technical Capacity Building in the Palestinian Water Sector: Onsite Training to Improve Skills 
In coordination with the West Bank Water Department, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Jordan and MEDRC two training programs were held in Jordan. 20 employees of the West Bank Water Department were trained onsite of the facilities of Miyahuna (www.miyahuna.com.jo) in order to learn the necessary skills to improve the O&M of submerged pumping stations and the welding of transmission pipelines in Palestine. READ MORE


International Conference “Water and Climate”, Morocco
Morocco had organized, in 2001, Marrakech, the 7th United Nations Conference on Climate Change, ” COP 7 “, who made operational the Kyoto protocol. It ratified this Protocol in 2002 and presented the plan of green investment during the Summit of United Nations in September, 2014 in New York. Today, Morocco gets ready to organize the meetings of the COP22, which present a unique opportunity for Morocco to put forward all the advances which were undertaken to face climate change. READ MORE

The Dialogue 5+5 adopts its draft Action Plan of the Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean
At a meeting held in Marseille, France, on 23-24 June 2016, the Dialogue 5+5 (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia + France, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain) adopted the draft Action Plan to implement the Water Strategy in the Western Mediterranean that in turn was adopted at a Ministerial Conference held in March 2015 in Algeria. READ MORE

Palestine: FAO helps improve food security of rural households in the West Bank
FAO is assisting Palestinian communities rehabilitate old water cisterns and build new ones as well as provided training to local beneficiaries on good agricultural and water management practices. The project’s approach could be replicated in other water-scarce rural areas with high levels of poverty and food insecurity. Combining infrastructure development with teaching methods can help unlock the productive potential of local farming households. READ MORE

Dams are drying out the Jordan River
Due to new earthen work dams being constructed to give farmers in the north access to water, flow rates in the Jordan River have decreased significantly; Flow rates exacerbated by lack of a pipe to enable water to run under one of the dams. READ MORE

UAE: Dubai To Open First Ever Solar-Powered Desalination Plant
Dubai is scheduled to have its first solar-powered desalination plant according. The plant will produce desalinated water by using solar energy and an integrated energy storage system, this allows the station to operate for 24 hours a day. All electricity used to pump and desalinate water at the station will be produced by a hybrid electricity source that combines photovoltaic cells. READ MORE

UAE: Masdar and MIT work to increase solar efficiency
Masdar Institute researchers are developing a new technique to make solar absorbers more efficient at generating electricity. Their collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) aims to produce a solar absorber that uses tiny holes to absorb about 90 per cent of the Sun’s rays. The holes are 200 times smaller than the width of a human hair. If successful, the technique could significantly reduce the cost of using solar power, according to the researchers. READ MORE

Saudi Arabian Team Visits Ehime Plant
A group of 11 officials from the Saudi Arabian Water Environment Association (SAWEA) visited Toray’s Ehime Plant on May 18, 2016 on an invitation from the Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME) to deepen their understanding of Toray’s water treatment membrane, which tackles water issues around the world including Saudi Arabia. READ MORE

Iran signs first desal deal after sanctions were lifted
South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction has clinched a $185.9 million deal for a new seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in Iran, reports Business Korea. The contract with Iranian company Sazeh Sazan comes after international sanctions on Iran were lifted in January 2016. Doosan will oversee engineering, procurement, construction and testing, and will operate and maintain the plant until October 2030. READ MORE

Morocco leads the Middle East on renewable energy
Morocco has become the standard bearer on the global stage for the Middle East region in terms of its renewable energy capacity, thanks to the scale of its concentrated solar power (CSP) projects. In its 2016 report of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), Morocco led the world in 2015 in terms of investment and added capacity in concentrated solar power (CSP). READ MORE

Algeria: EU to provide €10 million for Algeria's renewable energies
EU plans to allocate €10 million to support Algeria in the implementation of its programmes of renewable energies (PNER) and energy efficiency (PNEE). Financing proposal was tabled to the European Commission for reviewing and approval by Member States. Once the project approved, a financing agreement will be signed Algeria. READ MORE

RCREEE supports The Third Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
The 3rd Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency” was held on 1 -2 June 2016 in Cairo (Egypt). This year’s forum addressed the current challenges towards future energy market transformation and transition in the Arab region. It also discussed the future role and impact of RE&EE development at economic, environmental and social levels. READ MORE

Water in the post-2015 development agenda: the Water, Growth and Stability Initiative
In September 2015, heads of state from all around the world gathered in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an ambitious “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets aimed at nothing less than “transforming our world”. The Regional Environmental Center (REC) is actively contributing to SDGs through various capacity building programmes and initiatives. READ MORE

The IEMed fosters a network of think tanks of the Western Mediterranean
Last May 24th in Barcelona, around thirty think tanks and public diplomacy institutions agreed to create the “Med Think 5+5”, a new network of think tanks that will have its headquarters in the city. The objective of the network, which the IEMed both promotes and hosts as its secretariat, is to foster dialogue and research on how to develop regional integration and cooperation in the Western Mediterranean. READ MORE

 
InternationalNews
An EU-funded initiative is investigating the use of clean and low-cost energy production based on the use of brine or seawater
The 'Reverse electrodialysis alternative power production' (REAPOWER) project exploits the difference in salinity between two streams of water to generate electricity. This process is known as salinity gradient power - reverse electrodialysis (SGP-RE). Scientific literature indicates that performance can be increased 10-fold by using brine and sea or brackish water to create the salinity gradient rather using seawater with freshwater. READ MORE

Spanish water operators commited to international development cooperation
Representatives from public Spanish water and sanitation operators meet at the headquarters of the water operator of Gijon (EMA) to move forward their actions in the field of international cooperation and Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs). WOPs have already allowed for expertise and knowledge from Spanish operators to be transferred to operators in a number of Global South countries and regions including Latin America and the Arab region. READ MORE
 
Desalination Capacity Rises to 140 Million m3/Day in 2020 as Green Energy Expands Viability
The Middle East, Caribbean, and Oceania Account for 283 Billion m3 of Freshwater Demand, and Solar- and Wave-Powered Desalination Can Be the Low-Cost Solution. Solar farms are the most appropriate for the Middle East due to the region's abundance of land and sunlight, while emerging technology to harness power from sea waves is best for small island nations according to “Lux Research”. READ MORE

Brazil kicks off preparation for 2018 World Water Forum
The preparation of the 8th World Water Forum was officially launched in Brasilia on 27 June 2016. More than 700 political leaders, elected officials, diplomats, water experts and operators, researchers and representatives of civil society are meeting up to identify and prioritize the most pressing water issues, which require to be collectively and globally addressed. Another output of this international collaboration is to define the Forum roadmap “Road to the 8th Forum” with the schedule of preparatory events around the world leading up to the event to be held 18-23 March 2018 in Brasília. READ MORE

New Initiative To Boost Solar Energy Development
Recently at InterSolar Europe in Munich, leaders in energy, finance and law met to scale up solar energy under a new initiative. The Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative, led by IRENA and the Terrawatt Initiative, aims to spur global solar development by standardising contracts to streamline the development and finance of solar projects. The initiative aims to create a common industry language across all the assets, contracts or markets that are needed to develop renewable energy projects. This can help increase investment to the levels required to achieve global sustainable development and climate goals. READ MORE

Financial indicators for water and sanitation at national level
If we want to measure progress towards the SDGs, we need to go beyond tracking the ultimate outcome: people with services. If financial flows are too little or not well targeted, alarm bells should start ringing that we need to do something drastically different to achieve the 2030 targets. I believe that the basic indicators presented above can act as an early alarm system. READ MORE

Five Important Reasons to Use Inland Desalination
For inland entities, whether industrial or municipal, one water option is containerized desalination. RWL Water’s Nirobox™, for example, provides an affordable, plug-and-play desalination solution that can be commissioned and start producing water in less than two months after the need is identified. One model is specifically designed to treat brackish water. READ MORE

Vancouver teen has a plan to turn waste water into electricity
A Vancouver high school student thinks he knows what to do with the one billion litres of waste water that gets flushed down toilets and sent down sink drains every day in the Greater Vancouver Area. Austin Wang, who's won numerous science awards, came up with a way to genetically modify micro-organisms so that they could clean the waste water and generate electricity at the same time. READ MORE

The big bag theory: a cheap and innovative way to transport fresh water
An innovative and inexpensive method of transporting fresh water to areas of drought or disaster, such as earthquakes: Fresh water is abundant in some areas of our planet, and scarce in others. Of course we can transport fresh water by sea, but that's expensive. Can we make it affordable? In Spain, engineers from a European research project are getting ready to test their solution. READ MORE

New system that uses sound to alleviate water shortage
The world is approaching a water crisis. According to the International Water Management Institute, 33 per cent of the world's population will experience water scarcity by 2025. One main cause is leaks. Twenty to 30 per cent of treated water is lost in systems because of this simple and fixable problem. READ MORE

How much water data do you collect?
Most rural water businesses spend a lot of money on data collection. Some of it is used for operations and is considered useful only at the time it is collected since it describes the current situation. Some is collected to fulfil reporting obligations, say to the meteorological authorities or environmental protection authorities and is not considered useful beyond fulfilling those obligations. READ MORE

 
AWARDS & VACANCIES

The European Environment Agency is looking for two Project Managers
in the areas of data management and INSPIRE, and web communications (Contract agents). Apply by August 1, 2016. READ MORE

Abu Zeid named as Deputy Head of UNESCO IHP Program
President of the Arab Water Council and former irrigation minister Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zaid was elected last June 16th as deputy chairman of the International Hydrological Program (IHP) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The program aims to adopt visions and priorities of the Arab region in the field of water and environment to overcome challenges in the two domains. READ MORE

2016 Call for applications of the TWAS fellowships
The TWAS Fellowships programme with over 470 PhD and 150 postdoctoral fellowships available annually in 10 developing countries with 19 programme partners is said to be the largest programme of its kind worldwide. The 2016 TWAS Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships call for applications in all fields of the Natural and Engineering Sciences is now open for majority of the programmes. Closing Date: September 15, 2016. READ MORE

The call for the Global Young Academy (GYA) membership from 2017 is now open
In support of the UAE’s The deadline for application is September 25, 2016. READ MORE

Global Award to Find Sustainable Solutions to Water Scarcity Across the World
In support of the UAE’s goal to become a knowledge-based economy with a strong focus on technology, R&D and innovation. His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced the launch of a USD 1 million global award to find sustainable solar-powered solutions to water scarcity. Deadline for applications: July 31, 2016. READ MORE

Call for Applications - Enhancing the Capacity of Young Arab Scientists in Agricultural Research for Development
ICARDA - the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, with support from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), offers opportunities to Arab students enrolled in Masters or PhD degrees within an university in the Arab world to strengthen their research skills. The successful candidates will do all or part of their thesis or dissertation research at ICARDA under the joint supervision of one of the center’s scientists. Closing date September 30, 2016. READ MORE

PUBLICATIONS 

  • Water-DROP project (one of ENPI CBC Med program projects) Guidelines on the Integrated Water Resources Management are now available on Water-DROP website in the document section. READ MORE
  • Less than 2% of today’s global electricity is generated by solar photovoltaics (PV), but this is set to change. According to an IRENA report released today at InterSolar Europe, this figure could grow to 13% by 2030. READ MORE
  • MEDREG publishes 2015 annual report: “Supporting energy cooperation in the Mediterranean:” The EU-supported Mediterranean Energy Regulators’ Association (MEDREG) has published its latest annual report presenting the Association’s achievements during 2015. READ MORE
  • Climate-Driven Water Scarcity Could Hit Economic Growth by Up to 6 Percent in Some Regions Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost some regions up to 6 percent of their GDP, spur migration, and spark conflict, according to a new World Bank report released last May. READ MORE
UPCOMING EVENTSS
  • World Water Week in Stockholm ‘Water and Sustainable Growth’: from the 28th of August till the 2nd of September, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. READ MORE
  • Wastewater Egypt 2016: from the 29th till the 30th of August, 2016, Cairo, Egypt. READ MORE
TRAINING
  • Reverse Osmosis Entry Level: Water Chemistry. From the 8th till the 11th of August, 2016. MEDRC Training Facility, Muscat Oman. READ MORE
  • Reverse Osmosis Level 1: Seawater Reverse Osmosis Operation, Monitoring & Troubleshooting. From the 29th of August till the 1st of September, 2016. MEDRC Training Facility, Muscat Oman. READ MORE 
  • Master Course: Hydrology & Water Footprint Assessment  From the 5th of September till the 11th of November 2016. University of Twente, the Netherlands. READ MORE
  • The International WaterCentre (IWC) is currently offering several full scholarships for high calibre international candidates. Apply online for a scholarship by 1st of August, 2016. READ MORE

TENDERS & PROPOSALS 

  • Call for proposals for Study of Socio-Economic Impacts of Solar Pumping Systems in Terms of Local Job and Value Creation in Egypt. READ MORE
  • LIFE launches 2016 call for action grants: more than €330 million available: The LIFE programme launched two calls for proposals, underlining its commitment to supporting projects that protect the environment and tackle the impact of climate change. READ MORE
  • Oman: Rapid Deployment of Seawater Desalination Facilities. Invitation to register expression of interest in the Tender Process leading to contract(s) for the provision of Rapid Deployment Seawater Desalination Facilities; both sea-going barge mounted and/or portable land-based plants for the temporary supply of portable water. READ MORE

CALL FOR PAPERS

  • Call for abstracts for the 2nd Middle East Oilfield produced water management conference & exhibition to be helf in Muscat, Oman. Deadline for abstracts submission is on the 7th of August, 2016. READ MORE
  • ICCTI 2017: 19th International Conference on Climate Change: Threats and Impacts to be held in Cairo, Egypt. Abstracts to be due the 7th of August, 2016. READ MORE
  • Call for abstracts for the 3rd International Conference on Management of water, energy, food and agricultural techniques. This conference will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. Deadline for abstracts submission is on the 30th of August, 2016. READ MORE
  • The 2016 Liwa International Water Technology Conference: Water Resources Role in Sustainable Development, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Call for abstracts deadline on the 31st of August,2016. READ MORE
  • The International Water Resources Association (IWRA): launched a Call for Abstracts for the XVI IWRA World Water Congress planned to take place in Cancun, Mexico. Submission deadline is on the 1st of September, 2016. READ MORE
  • Call for applications for the international conference: “Bridging Africa, Latin America and Europe on Water and Renewable Energies Applications”, Arusha, Tanzania. Deadline on the 11th-13th of December 2016.  READ MORE

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