Conference Main topics
- Strategies for Efficient Water Resources Planning and Management
Case studies of planning and management of water resources on the national and regional levels emphasizing water efficiency and including components of governance, policy, legislation, technologies, awareness raising and stakeholders involvement, data requirements, monitoring, efficiency key performance indicators, and other related factors; cost-effectiveness analysis for water efficiency programs (supply and demand sides); water in the green economy; climate change impacts on water resources in the GCC and adaptation options and measures (especially those related to water efficiency, demand management and conservation); efficient planning and management of the water-energy-food nexus; application of DSS tools for water management system modeling and efficiency analysis (e.g., WEAP).
- Efficient Management of Natural Water Resources (groundwater and surface water)
Strategies for integrated management and sustainable planning of conventional water resources (renewable and non-renewable); rainwater harvesting; efficient management of rainfall and flashflood water; managed aquifer recharge; water protection and monitoring strategies; economic, legislative, social, and innovative technological tools for the efficient management of natural water resources.
- Efficient Management of the Desalination Sector
Recent and future developments in desalination technologies; innovative and efficient design, operation, and management of desalination plants and modeling; economics and financing alternatives of desalination; water-energy nexus in desalination; renewable energy in desalination to reduce energy consumption and emissions; minimizing the environmental impacts on the coastal and marine environments; desalination air pollution and greenhouse gases emission and their mitigation; home-grown efficiency and environmentally-friendly technologies; strategies and required legislative measures for the protection of desalination plants and drinking water from marine pollution.
- Efficient Management of Wastewater and Reuse
Management strategies and practices for improving the efficiency of wastewater collection, treatment and reuse; current trends and developments in wastewater treatment and reuse in arid regions; modern treatment technologies and energy recovery; design, operation, modeling, and management of wastewater treatment systems; economics and financing alternatives of the wastewater sector; techniques, experiences, and constraints in the reuse of treated wastewater in the agricultural, municipal, and industrial sectors; grey water reuse; environmental legislation for the reuse of treated wastewater; environmental impacts of the reuse of wastewater and risk assessment and management.
- Efficient Management of Agricultural Water
Best management practices and tools (legislative, economic, structural/technological, and social) for improving water efficiency in the agricultural sector; demand management and conservation strategies; estimation of crop water requirements; efficiency of irrigation conveyance system; on-farm efficient water management; efficient irrigation techniques; innovative water-saving agricultural technologies; irrigation drainage water management and reuse.
- Efficient Management of Municipal Water
Best management practices and tools (legislative, economic, structural/technological, and social) for improving water efficiency in the municipal sector; demand management and conservation strategies; management of non-revenue water; leakage detection and control; water recycling; efficient management of water supply systems (Production, treatment, transmission, and distribution); green buildings and water efficiency; efficient management and planning of the water-energy nexus in the municipal water sector; efficient water and energy use in various components of the water cycle and energy saving through water efficiency programs.
- Efficient Management of Industrial Water
Sources, uses, and management of water in the industrial sector; techniques and experiences of industrial wastewater treatment and reuse; environmental guidelines of industrial wastewater discharge; water use in the oil-industry; management of oil-associated water; wastewater reuse in EOR.
- Capacity Development, Stakeholders Participation, and Partnerships
Best practices and experiences in education, training, and capacity building programs for water efficiency in various water-consuming sectors; social marketing and behavior changes; raising public awareness and engagement; effectiveness of capacity development programs in improving water efficiency; successful tools for stakeholders involvement and public participation as an adaptation measures for water scarcity; NGOs networks collaboration in capacity development; research and education partnerships for sustainable water management in the GCC and Arab countries.
MDGs-SDGs Transitional Process and its Implication on the Arab Region
The conference will present an opportunity to highlight the upcoming crossroads of the global development agenda. The year 2015 is the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and at the same time it is the start of a change in perception and commitment on water within the various proposals for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The MDG+ initiative will be presented as part of the wider scope of the position of water in the post 2015 global/regional development agenda. The regional perspectives on the global MDGs-SDGs transitional process and its implications on the Arab region will be presented and discussed. The session will be organized by UN-ESCWA.