The Palestinian territories face many challenges in the area of water. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the amount of water per head of population is below the WHO standard. Improvements in the area of water management will create a cleaner environment, greater food security, economic development and employment.
The policy of the Netherlands Representation in Ramallah is, one, to reduce water loss in urban areas, and two, cross-border water management. Investments are also being made in finding water-saving solutions such as purifying waste water for agricultural use. Other relevant themes of interest are: solutions for purification, waste water treatment, desalination of brackish water, rainwater collection, irrigation, nutrient use in agriculture, the use of solar energy for water-related purposes, integral water resources management and IT.
To facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences among organisations in the water sector working in the Palestinian territories and to get in touch with relevant entities there, a Water Support Programme Palestinian Territories Platform Meeting has been set up. In its role within the Water Support Programme, NWP supports the Platform by providing it with relevant information; organising meetings for knowledge exchange; producing country updates; and searching for opportunities for the Dutch water sector.
In this Water Support Programme update for the Palestinian Territories, we update you on our activities and we are looking ahead to 2020. It gives an insight in what the water professionals in the Palestinian Territories and the Netherlands have accomplished together in 2019.