MENA NWC Update Winter 2016

Winter 2015 MENA NWC Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers of Excellence Board of Directors Meets in Muscat INSIDE THIS ISSUE Board of Directors Meets in Muscat 1 MENA NWC Attends IWA, Spreads Word About Center 1 Assembly of Governing Members Hold Inaugural Meeting 2 RSS & UJ Celebrate Sustainable Environmental Actions 2 The MENA NWC Board of Directors tackled issues of transition at its fifth meeting in Oman, Muscat, on November 11, 2015. MENA NWC Executive Director Shawki Barghouti said meeting objectives included a discussion around fundraising and the status of the MENA NWC Directorate in Jordan. “The Board reviewed and discussed the way forward for the MENA NWC after the USAID FABRI Project winds down,” said Barghouti. “We also talked about the future interim location of the Directorate following the termination of the project.” Members expressed the need to restructure the Board to respond more effectively to MENA NWC’s evolving needs in this period of transition from a USAID-funded project to an independent regional institution. They also highlighted the importance of having a communication mechanism among member centers and requested that a robust communications strategy be developed. The Board meeting was also attended by MENA NWC staff, representatives from the FABRI team, and John Wilson of USAID. MENA NWC Holds First Biennial Congress in Oman 3 19 Locations in Jordan being Studied as Potential Wastewater Treatment Sites 4 New Report Provides Sneak Peek into Progress of Research Grants 4 MENA NWC Welcomes Two New Team Members 4 MENA NWC Attends IWA, Spreads Word About Network Center Research MENA NWC member center Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) hosted the International Water Association (IWA) Development Congress and Exhibition 2015 in Jordan on October 17-22. The event gave ACWUA the opportunity to meet regional water professionals who are working toward innovative solutions to the water cycle challenges in urban settings. The theme of the 2015 event was the development and delivery of water and sanitation solutions in developing countries. MENA NWC sponsored part of the event and moderated two workshops,—one called “Scaling Research for Impact,” moderated by Shawki Barghouti, MENA NWC Executive Director, and one called “Groundwater Management,” moderated by Ghazi Abu Rumman, MENA NWC Director of Policy, Research and Development. MENA NWC booth at IWA Water & Development Congress & Exhibition presented four research papers— “Managed aquifer recharge using treated wastewater to mitigate seawater intrusion along Jamma Coast”; “Conjunctive Use of Treated Wastewater and groundwater in agriculture”; “The Sustainability of The Conjunctive Use of Groundwater and Throughout the Congress, MENA NWC team Treated Wastewater in Agriculture”; and “Large-Scale Characterization of Groundmembers met with policy makers, potential international private sector partners, and do- water Dynamics in Water-Stressed Areas.” nors. The team also manned a booth and