Last April, during the water platform meeting for the Palestinian Territories, ongoing water related projects, developments and challenges, were presented and discussed with Dutch and Palestinian participants. After this widely attended platform meeting, it was concluded that follow-up was needed on several topics as there was limited time during the round table conversations.
Therefore, this October, NWP is planning to organise two online webinars:
Tuesday 6 October 2021, from 10:00 to 12:00 CET: Impact of climate change and potential adaptation measures for the water sector in the Palestinian Territories;
Tuesday 13 October 2021, from 10:00 to 12:00 CET: Rainwater harvesting and its potentials for the Palestinian Territories.
The webinars are being organised by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), within the framework of the Water Support Programme of the Dutch Government and are accessible for anyone interested in these topics.
Webinar 1 | Impact of climate change and potential adaptation measures for the water sector in the Palestinian Territories
During the Water Platform Meeting in April, the PWA prepared an adaptation plan for Palestine. The main impact related to climate change is more flooding, especially in Gaza. Other impacts are: dropping of groundwater levels, increasing freshwater scarcity, deterioration of infrastructure, and increasing temperatures. It was recognised that there is a need for a framework, how to deal with the impacts both from a technical point of view as well as from an institutional point of view.
From Dutch experiences, a climate robust water management approach needs a strong coordination and cooperation structure, a dedicated budget and expertise. There are cross links with energy and food (Climate – Water – Energy - Food nexus). There is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Coping with the impact of climate change in the water sector demands a programmatic approach.
During this webinar we will discuss the impact of climate change and possible adaptation measures for the water sector in the Palestinian Territories.
More information on climate change and the Palestinian Territories can be found here.
Webinar 2 – Rainwater harvesting and its potentials for the Palestinian Territories.
The last Water Platform Meeting showed rainwater harvesting as a promising and feasible alternative water supply for Palestine, even for urban areas. Although the water from the network is cheaper, a rainwater harvesting system increases the reliability of a family’s water supply. Many new construction projects include rainwater harvesting systems in the construction phase. Rainwater harvesting for agriculture is also an option, although the knowledge among farmers on rainwater harvesting and practices to increase water infiltration at field level are dwindling. In addition, it is difficult to engage young people in agriculture as they prefer jobs in the cities.
During this webinar we will further discuss the potential of rainwater harvesting for the Palestinian Territories.