IGRAC hosts workshop: 'Water Harvesting and MAR in Palestine'

Deflt, the Netherlands
Event Date

IGRAC and TU Delft organise a workshop on 'Water Harvesting and Managed Aquifer Recharge: international state of the art and needed research in Palestine' on 26 and 27 October 2015 in Delft, the Netherlands. This workshop will be organised with support of Acacia Water, UNESCO-IHE and Waternet and IGRAC's main role will be to share its experience and expertise with regards to MAR. The workshop is held withing the framework of the PADUCO programme.  


Programme  Monday 26th of October 2015
09.30 – 09.35 am    Opening by Ebel Smidt, facilitator
09.35 – 09.50 am    Nienke Ansems, Researcher at IGRAC:  Welcome to IGRAC, short history and goals of IGRAC
09.50 – 10.20 am    Albert Tuinhof, Senior Advisor Acacia Water: 25 years of Worldbank – 3R experiences – lessons learned  
10.30 – 11.00 am    Nienke Ansems, Researcher IGRAC: experiences with MAR in Kenya and other relevant projects
11.00 – 11.20 am    Ebel Smidt, PADUCO researcher: MAR/WH and Water Governance – introduction to the discussions 
11.20 – 12.15 am    First round of discussions on benefits of PADUCO 1 for MAR/WH research in Palestine and needs/possibilities for MAR/WH research in PADUCO 2 13.00 – 14.00 pm    Travel to Waternet- Vogelenzang
14.00 – 14.45 pm    Theo Olsthoorn, Em. Prof. TUD/Waternet: Welcome to Waternet and The Amsterdam Dune Infiltration Works: history and challenges 
14.45 – 17.30 pm    Fieldvisit Amsterdam Dune Infiltration Works and nature area

Programme Tuesday 27th of October 2015
09.15 – 09.45 am    Jan Nonner, Em. Researcher UNESCO-IHE: The Exact Programme experiences on MAR and other international experiences
09.45 – 10.15 am    Theo Olsthoorn, em. Prof. TUD/Waternet: 40 years of MAR / WH experiences: the value of groundwater and practical implications for groundwater management in Palestine
10.15 – 10.30 am    Geert-Jan Nijsten, Senior Researcher at IGRAC. IGRAC and groundwater governance experiences
10.45 – 11.15 am    Round of pitches on results of PADUCO 1 projects
11.15 – 12.30 am    Second round of discussions on benefits of PADUCO 1 for MAR/WH research in Palestine and needs/possibilities for MAR/WH research in PADUCO 2: formulations of recommendations and actions for PADUCO 2
13.30 – 13.45 pm    Travel to TU Delft
14.00 – 17.00 pm    MOOC workshop:  see separate programme


Water scarcity is a major problem in the West Bank and, even more so, in the Gaza strip. The water resources are under increasing water stress due to a combination of factors, such as increasing demand, economic development, population growth, climate change, and water pollution from untreated waste water. The water sector should therefore be well adapted to the challenges ahead.

The overall objective of the programme is to improve the individual, organizational and institutional capacity of the Palestinian higher education sector in the area of water. This will, on the mid- and the longer term, contribute to the effectiveness of the Palestinian water sector regarding the development, provision and management of water resources and services, reduce dependencies on donors and external funding. Additionally, applied short-term research contributes directly to knowledge gaps in the water sector, and projects are specifically designed to address the real needs of the agricultural and water sector.