The 3rd Arab Water Week (AWW) is an international meeting in the Arab region which tackles water management issues through establishing innovative partnerships and platforms of collaborative work on water issues in the region. The importance of this meeting lies in providing a platform for greater coordination among the existing network of key stakeholders active in the water sector in the region.
The 3rd Arab Water Week (AWW) does not only provide an opportunity to enhance communication flows, synergies and the sharing of successful experiences, but as well, it will facilitate the creation of new partnerships that complement and maximize the impact of on-going work in this sector for the benefit of all countries in the region.
What is the Arab Water Week?
The Arab Water Week is a high-profile international and regional event promoted to attract decision makers and water management practitioners and professional organizations internationally and in the MENA region. It was firstly launched in Amman, Jordan in December 2010 and organized by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) in partnership with the Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC) and the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI). The 3rd Arab Water Week will present ACWUA’s third international conference and exhibition bringing new partnership with the IWRM Master of Science program implemented by Cologne University of Applied Sciences and University of Jordan.
Why to attend the Arab Water Week?
The Arab Water Week is an important and distinctive opportunity for water and wastewater management community in the Arab world and MENA region, it is the point where water management professionals, private sector, and institutions of all types meet to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences, discuss problems and get exposed to state of the art new technologies and solutions. The 3rd Arab Water Week will provide a broad technical presentation and policy-based program, along with a specialized exhibition (The 3rd Arab Water Trade Fair) targeting water supply and wastewater vendor’s and other service providers in the water sector.
Who will attend?
ACWUA expect more than 500 participants and delegations to attend the third Arab Water Week in Dead Sea Area. Many will be coming from ACWUA membership comprising of more than 200 individual members, more than 106 water and wastewater utilities from 18 Arab Countries; Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The Arab Water Week is also aimed at senior decision makers from public and private water and waste water utilities/water supply companies, water ministries & authorities, environmental agencies & ministries, municipalities, utility operators, private sector companies and consultants and educational institutions across the region.
Conference Themes and Topics
This year focus area will be “Innovations & Sustainable Solutions for the Water Sector in the Arab Region”.
The following is a selection of key themes which the Scientific Committee is seeking contributions; papers addressing these issues from the Arab Region and international water community are welcomed and encouraged.
Themes and topics:
Ø Innovations and sustainable solutions to reduce Non-Revenue Water
Ø Energy Efficiency dilemma in water and wastewater utilities
Ø Cost recovery and financial sustainability
Ø Best practices in Asset Management and cost life cycle
Ø Social responsibility and water for marginalized people via effective tariff restructuring
Ø New innovations in capacity building and training for water utilities
Ø Certification programs for water and wastewater utilities
Ø Water safety plans and water quality monitoring perspectives from watershed to end user
Ø Wastewater treatment and reuse, new aspects for intelligent planning
Ø Decentralized wastewater treatment for rural and remote communities
Ø Water utilities adaption to climate change, current status and future perspectives
Ø IWRM and good water governance in the Arab region
Ø Water modeling as a tool for integrated management of water resources
Ø Role of participatory and cooperative approaches in water management
Ø Trends and lessons learned from water utilities reform
Ø Automation and modernization as cost effective tool for sustainable water resources management
Ø MDG+ initiative towards sustainable water resources management within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
Ø Benchmarking as a tool for optimizing water and wastewater operations
Ø Water public action and awareness in a fast changing world
Invitation to Submit your Paper:
Papers are expected to make an original and substantial contribution to the conference themes and topics.
Speakers who are interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract for refereeing. Paper proposals will be selected by the conference scientific committee to cover different areas, methods, approaches and positions.