Project acronym: IMGF

Project Summary


Water reuse and desalination are key solutions to face the ever-increasing water challenges in rural and urban Palestine. Public awareness campaigns and national training programs are necessary to promote desalination and water reuse. This project provided integrated practices and tools aiming at enhanced understanding and commitment to change in wastewater governance in Palestinian agro-food industries. The research team opted to integrate research results from the INWA project in course development within an ongoing MSc course. Two tailor-made training programs on membrane-based technologies for water and wastewater treatment are to bridge the knowledge gap of policymakers and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operators. The project facilitated communication by a one-week exchange and exposure for five key staff to visit five Dutch WWTPs. Outreach on industrial pollution reduction is enhanced through a video showcase and final workshop.Water reuse and desalination from a key solution to face the ever-increasing water challenges in rural and urban Palestine.

Project Objectives


The project aimed to implement and assess integrated multi small grant facilities including educational, training, exposure, and multi-media tools and approaches in facilitating stakeholder engagement in strategic planning and sustainable management in the agro-food industrial sector.

The specific project objectives were:

  1. Translate research case studies into educational material and include them in the regular syllabus of the regular master program curricula 
  2. Integrate research results from water governance analysis in MSc course materials enhances the building capacity of water and sanitation juniors in Palestine
  3. Train decision-makers from the governmental and private sectors by closing the knowledge gap on the use of membrane-based technologies for water and wastewater treatment and reuse 
  4. Expose water policy and decision-makers to similar Dutch industrial WWTPs and strengthen networking and institutional partnerships
  5. Enhance public outreach and facilitate communication for policy and decision-makers in municipal, governmental, and private sectors to foster investment in industrial pollution reduction

Project Team


Name: Rashed Al-Sa`ed

University: Birziet University

Email: rased@birzeit.edu

Name: Maria Kennedy

Organization: IHE-Delft

Email:  m.kennedy@un-ihe.or

Name: Peter van der Steen

Organization: IHE-Delft

Email: p.vandersteen@un-ihe.org

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Small Grant Facilities (SGF)

Research Summary : 

This project provided integrated practices and tools aiming at; enhanced understanding and commitment to change in wastewater governance in Palestinian agro-food industries. The research team opted to integrate research results from the INWA project in course development within an ongoing MSc course. Two tailor-made training programs on membrane-based technologies for water and wastewater treatment are to bridge the knowledge gap of policymakers and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operators. The project facilitated communication by a one-week exchange and exposure for five key staff to visit five Dutch WWTPs.