The WSTA 11th Gulf Water Conference

“Water in the GCC … Towards Efficient Management”
20-22 October 2014, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Conference Opening Ceremony

Conference Associated Workshops and Training Courses

Water Footprint Awareness Raising for GCC and Arab CountriesCOURSEMuscat, 19 October 2014
Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP)WORKSHOPMuscat, 19 October 2014
Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the Arab RegionWORKSHOPMuscat, 19 October 2014



Water Footprint Awareness Raising for GCC and Arab Countries


Promoting Integrated Water Resources Management in the Arab Region


Muscat, 19 October 2014


AWARENET, the Arab Integrated Water Resources Management Network, a Cap-Net Regional Network for Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management hosted by UN ESCWA, jointly with the Oman Water Society (OWS), the Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) and Cap-Net UNDP are offering a Training Course “Water Footprint Awareness Raising for GCC and Arab Countries” that is designed for professionals in the water and environmental sectors in GCC and Arab countries interested to learn about water footprint assessments for their daily practice.

Target Group

The training course addresses primarily AWARENET members including water managers, government officials, and researchers and representatives from universities and non-governmental organizations involved in water and environmental management in GCC and Arab countries. If spaces are still available also others, not members of AWARENET can participate in the training.

Duration and Venue

The one day course will be organized at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat, Oman (13h00 to 18h00) on Sunday, 19 Oct 2014, directly before the WSTA 11th Gulf Water Conference (GWC), 20-22 October 2014.

Preliminary Training Course Outline

Session I: Water Footprint Assessment Concepts and Methodology

Covering understanding of Water Footprint Assessment concepts and methodology, obtaining general overview of the Global Water Footprint Standard. This session provides an overview of experiences in Water Footprint Assessments including accounting, sustainability assessment and formulating response strategies in a variety of settings and cases, incl. blue, grey and green water and their relation to Water Footprint.

Session II: Implementing Water Footprint Assessments

Covering technical know-how to implement Water Footprint Assessments in business water strategy and public sector policy. This module intends to raise awareness of technical capability and skills required for detailed implementation of Water Footprint Assessment with some hands-on examples, incl. incorporation of water footprint into national water policy and practical exercise on water allocation.

Session III: Preparing for Application, Case Studies and Training Workshops in GCC and Arab Countries

This session intends to develop a future training and research agenda for GCC and Arab countries to improve the knowledge about water footprint concepts and information through country case studies and further regional, sub-regional or national training opportunities.


AWARENET will be partnering for the organization of this training with the Oman Water Society (OWS) as a local host, the Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA) as regional organizer of the 11th Gulf Water Conference (GWC), Cap-Net UNDP and UN-ESCWA as funding partners.


The training will be facilitated by the one leading trainer and AWARENET member who has participated in various activities related to Water Footprint assessments, incl. a Training-of-Trainers that was provided by the Water Footprint Network in collaboration with Cap-Net UNDP in October 2013.

Trainer and AWARENET Network Coordinator will follow up in consultation with training participants during the WSTA 11th GWC (20-22 Oct 2014) to investigate potential for further full training courses on water footprint assessments at national level in the respective countries.


The course language will be English (only). There will be no simultaneous translation.


After the successful completion and full attendance of the course, participants will receive an AWARENET Certificate of Attendance.


Participants will be charged a course fee of USD 100 to be collected during the course and donated to the Oman Water Society (OWS). AWARENET members are exempted from course fees.

Selection and Registration of Participants

Registration will be through filling and signing the enclosed “Expression of Interest” form and submitting it together with a letter of motivation by email to latest by 30 Aug 2014. In case of more than 30 Expressions of Interest the AWARENET Secretariat will select max. 30 participants from the submissions, based on criteria such as AWARENET membership, date of submission, motivation, possibilities to apply acquired knowledge in further activities at regional or national level, gender, geographic diversity, etc. Confirmed participants will be notified by AWARENET Secretariat latest by 15 Sep 2014.

For a limited number of participants from outside Oman some financial support can be made available to partially contribute to costs of participation. A need for financial support shall be clearly indicated on the “Expression of Interest” form.

Registration Form (PDF)


Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP)

Muscat, 19 October 2014

The goal for the training workshop is to understand the concept and background of WEAP as a Water Evaluation and Planning tool and learn practically how to use it in various exercises. The basis is to simulate the hydrological cycle, the natural system and all the human interactions in order to calculate respective water balances. The software is used to evaluate the efficiency of the water management system in a country, or region in a country and investigate future scenarios for efficiency enhancement as well as the impacts of climate change and adaptation measures.

Participants will work on their own case study, therefore, all required input data for your target area (country, basin, or municipality scale) should be brought along. The target is, that all participants return from the course with an own WEAP-model of the hydrologic system of their focus area, to be utilized in practical water management and planning.


All participants should bring a laptop computer with excel and any version of GIS (ArcView, ArcGIS, 3, 8 or 9) installed and with the privilege to install new software. A training license of WEAP will be given to all participants. For background information a demo version and respective documentations can be downloaded from and


General introduction to WEAP
Background, Designing a schematic model for your country, Exercise “WEAP in one hour”

Using WEAP for scenario planning
What happens, if…, Exercise

Data management and update in WEAP
using built in and own functions and variables, reading in spreadsheet data, exporting tables and graphs

WEAP internal models to calculate irrigation demand, surface runoff and gw recharge
model theories, required parameters, FAO reference data sets, Exercise using different model approaches

Additional topics on request of the participants
artificial recharge, economic applications (cost/ yield), ….

Building your own model by WEAP
participants need to bring along own data sets about their focus area (country, basin, municipality,…), water demand data (agriculture, domestic,…), supply network (losses, return flow routing, waste water treatment plants,…), demand-supply satisfaction schema (from groundwater, reservoirs, desalination plants,…), climate data (precipitation, reference Evapotranspiration ETo), land use data (GIS – data, shapefile/ raster data), actual water management scenarios in the focus area (agriculture development, population growth,…)

UNEP-GEMS/Water Regional Training Workshop

Muscat, 19 October 2014

Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment in the Arab Region: Challenges and Opportunities

Omani Electricity and Water Authority (Control Center), Muscat, Oman


a) To identify prevailing challenges at national and regional levels in water quality data acquisition and sharing, monitoring, assessment and reporting; taking into account the 2011 Arab Water Strategy.

b) To support the GCC Water Strategy/Assessment process.

c) To raise awareness about the GEMS/Water Programme, its network and database, thereby increasing participation of GCC countries and the Arab region in the Global Network and the submission of raw data to the GEMStat database.

d) To determine whether additional technical support, expertise and advice in water quality monitoring is required in these countries in order to facilitate increased participation in GEMS/Water.

e) To reinforce collaboration and networking among relevant water quality monitoring activities globally and regionally, particularly with the Eye on Water Security special initiative.

Expected outcomes:

  • Strengthened capacities in support of the ongoing GCC water strategy/assessment process
  • Identification of priority challenges and obstacles to acquiring and sharing national level water quality data, and options to overcome them
  • Renewed commitment from (participating) regional and national water institutions to the GEMS/Water programme and network, and engagement in the Eye on Water Security special initiative
  • Increased communication and sharing of information and experiences amongst members of the network in the region (and beyond)
  • Partnerships with international and regional water quality monitoring programmes and networks
  • Agreement on next steps (which could be: build a database of experts in the region; expand registry of members to include other sources of water quality data; build a list/database with inputs from focal points and others for potential sources of funding, matching interests with organisations)

Download Agenda (PDF)

Conference Sponsors
Main Sponsor

Arab Fund


Jindal SAW Gulf company