Small Grant Facilities (SGF)

This teaching qualification programme aimed to support a process of teaching competence development for a group of selected, motivated, and preferably young academic staff from all six Palestinian partner universities.

Currently, several projects are looking at options to recharge groundwater in the West Bank, with a special focus on wadis draining into the Jordan River in the vicinity of Jericho. Recovery of the recharged groundwater is foreseen, and the water could potentially be used for irrigation or drinking water purposes.

Wastewater treatment plants have barely recevied funds for expansion, development and improvement of their efficiency.

Nablus wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) has been in operation for the last two years with a capacity of 10,000 m3/day of treated wastewater. A small amount of the treated wastewater has been used for irrigation in agricultural projects (only about 233 m3 in the year 2017).

The project provided advanced educational training in floriculture using treated wastewater, hitherto, unknown agro-hydrological discipline in the West Bank. A pilot was initiated on rose/pink cloves cultivation in greenhouses in Al Taybeh.

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.

Small Research Project (SRP)

Most treatment technologies that are applied in Palestine produce effluent that still has concentrations of nutrients. This may lead to over-fertilization and groundwater pollution.

The biggest hindrance, in addition to the social and political unrest, for the Palestinian Water Authority to provide comprehensive wastewater services is to afford the initial capital cost and operational costs.

The project targeted large producers (as main pollutants) in Hebron Governorate. By the end of the project a roadmap was designed for applying cleaner production principles for the targeted industrial sectors.

The manufacturing process of olive oil yields a black liquid waste called ‘olive mill wastewater’ (OMWW) causing a major environmental problem in Palestine.