Conclusion of the First Palestinian-Dutch Conference on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)
As part of the cooperation that was established between An-Najah National University and its partners from Palestinian and Dutch universities, and under the auspices of the Palestinian Water Authority, the activities of the first Palestinian-Dutch conference on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) were concluded on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
The event lasted for two days and was held at Al- Carmel Hotel in Ramallah with the attendance of Eng. Mazen Ghoneim, Head of the Palestinian Water Authority. Dr. Akram Daoud, Vice President for Administrative Affairs and a group of experts, researchers, professors and representatives of sectors working in the field of agriculture and water in Palestine and Holland.
The conference was organized within the framework of OKP-Pal project on Capacity Building in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and climate-smart agriculture (CSA) Education and Research in Palestine. Also, it was managed by Nuffic through the Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) and funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of its development policy.
The event aimed at bringing together experts, students, researchers, and practitioners to exchange and share their experience and research in the field of water and agriculture. It also aimed at providing a platform for the participants to present and discuss recent innovation, trends, practical challenges in the field of water and agriculture, and promoting the cooperation between Dutch and Palestinian water practitioners to solve issues related to water and agriculture in Palestine.
During the event, Dr. Daoud stressed the importance of the conference in strengthening cooperation between Dutch and Palestinian water practitioners and coming up with recommendations on creating viable solutions, which might lead to the development of water and agriculture sectors in Palestine.
Eng. Ghanem pointed out that the conference is part of the strategic cooperation between the Water Authority and various academic institutions in Palestine. He also added that the conference aims to provide a platform to find practical solutions for water challenges in Palestine and document scientific water issues in prominent scientific journals through the conference’s presented research papers.
Furthermore, Eng. Ghanem referred to the importance of such conferences in raising awareness about critical water challenges at the global level.
It is worth noting that the OKP project included the training of 25 teams from Palestinian universities to enable them to start their own fundable projects. The project also awarded four cash prizes to student companies that excel in developing water management methods and finding innovative solutions to water challenges through localization technology strategies. .