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  • 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)

    1.1.  Groundwater

    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)

    2.1.  Desalination

    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.

    2.2.  Wastewater

    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.

  • Water Governance

    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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