Event Date: 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PADUCO: Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Programme on Water, Second Conference, 28 October 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands

After a successful first conference in February 2015 in Palestine, the second conference of the PADUCO was held in The Hague, The Netherlands on 28 October 2015. The conference preceded the Second Dutch-Palestinian Bilateral Forum that held in the Hague on 29-30 October 2015. A PADUCO session was held as part of the water program of the Forum. The conference involved contributions on five main themes that address empirical or policy issues and have a geographical focus on Palestine.  The themes namely were:

      1. Water Management, Governance and Economics

  • Governance of water under scarcity and climate change

  • Public-private partnerships in water management 

  • Willingness-to-pay and tariff systems 

       2. Non-conventional Water Resources 

  • Innovations in wastewater treatment and reuse

  • Desalination of sea water and brackish water

  • Artificial groundwater recharge 

       3. Water Quality, Sanitation and Public Health 

  • Innovative technologies for water quality monitoring 

  • Mapping groundwater contamination 

  • Public health risks related to water pollution and treatment

       4. Agricultural Production under Increased Water Stress 

  • Innovative technologies to increase crop yield and production in agriculture

  • Agricultural best management practices

  • Impact of water scarcity and climate change on agricultural production

       5. Cross-cutting theme: Capacity Improvement in the Water Sector 

  • Research, training and education needs of the water sector 

  • Gender mainstreaming in the water sector

  • Role of donors, governments, private sector and civil society

This conference provided a platform for PADUCO researchers to present their results in these clusters. More than 20 papers were presented during the conference. The conference brought together the stakeholders of the Dutch and Palestinian water and higher education sectors as well as other interested participants.