Integrated Water Strategies
Integrated (national and regional) water strategies, planning, and management within the water sector and other water-related sectors and nexus (food/agriculture, energy (including petroleum and gas), environment, other industries (e.g., tourism), climate change); Regional and national water strategies and their relation to the globally agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Water Strategies and the COP21 (Paris)/COP22 (Marrakesh) climate change commitments (mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation in Water strategies); Challenges of implementation of existing master plans and strategies; Use of decision support system in water resources planning and management and strategies formulation.
Development and Sustainability of Water Resources
1. Conventional water resources (Groundwater and Surface Water)
Strategies to rehabilitate and remediate groundwater resources; Groundwater systems modeling as a tool for groundwater planning and management; Artificial recharge of groundwater (managed aquifer recharge; MAR); Groundwater protection strategies; Groundwater monitoring system; Groundwater level rise in urban areas (case studies addressing investigation and mitigations).
1.2. Surface Water
Planning and Management of surfaces water resources; Characterization, monitoring, and modeling of surface water/storm water systems; Best practices in efficient utilization of surface water; Dams and rainwater and runoff water harvesting; Conjunctive use of surface and groundwater.
2. Non-Conventional water resources (Desalination and Treated Wastewater)
Planning and Management of desalination; Innovative desalination technologies; Energy efficiency in desalination; Reducing environmental impacts of desalination; Coordination of desalination strategies (technology, research, and capacity development); Corrosion control; Utilization of renewable energy in desalination; Case studies on mitigation of technical, economic, and environmental problems in desalination.
Innovative technologies for wastewater treatment; Management of treated wastewater reuse; Wastewater reuse (including groundwater recharge, SAT and ASTR).
Efficient Sectoral Water Utilization
1. Municipal Water
Management of water supply utilities; Best practices and benchmarking of water utilities in the GCC countries; Non-revenue water; Water demand management (economic, pricing/tariffs, structural, and legislative instruments).
2. Agricultural Water
Options to improve irrigation efficiencies and water productivities; Agricultural water demand management (economic, structural, and legislative instruments); Assessment of economic, social and environmental impacts of changing agricultural production patterns and trade on long term water sustainability; Food trade and embedded water; food wastages and losses and links to water efficiency; Use of modern irrigation and agricultural methods in enhancing water savings.
3. Industrial Water
Management best practices of industrial water supply and discharge in the GCC; Management of water produced with oil (oil-associated water); Industrial wastewater treatment (centralized vs. decentralized); Reuse of industrial wastewater.
Water Supply Security
Securing water supply under emergencies and disasters; Integrated emergency preparedness plans; Early warning systems; Water importation; Legislations related to seawater pollution.
Institutional structures, intra-governmental, and inter-ministerial exchange mechanisms; capacity development and awareness; Regulatory system; Legislative system; Stakeholders participation; Data and information management.
Financial Sustainability and Economic Efficiency
Long term financial planning including investments into infrastructure and operation and maintenance of systems; Alternative scenarios, cost-benefit-assessments, opportunity costs/costs of no action; Water pricing policies, cost recovery and subsidies; Privatization in water and wastewater sectors; Financing of water and wastewater projects.
Climate Change and Water Resources
GHG mitigation measures related to the water sector; Vulnerability assessment of the water sector to climate change; Adaptation options in the water sector; The COP21 Paris 2015/COP 22 Marrakesh 2016 Climate Change Commitments and their impact on the water sector.
Water-related Environmental and Health Issues
Impact of desalination on the environment (reject on marine and emissions on air); Reuse of treated wastewater and its associated health and environmental risks; health and environmental issues related to bottled water; Water Safety Plans/water quality assurance systems.
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