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Palestinian territories

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Sabrina Kraaijenbrink - Doetjes
Sabrina Kraaijenbrink-Doetjes
Project Manager International

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.

Areas of expertise

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.

Platform meetings

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 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.

Platform updates

  • Update Water Support Programme, January – October 2020.
  • Update Water Support Programme 2019.

Anyone involved in water support projects in this region or interested in developing water support related activities, is invited to join the Platform Meeting. Find out more by contacting Sabrina Kraaijenbrink-Doetjes.

Water & The Gulf 

The Gulf is among the most water-stressed areas in the world. At the same time, it is also one of the highest water-consuming areas. The agricultural sector is by far the largest consumer of water in the Gulf countries, accounting for around 85 percent of fresh water, nearly all of which comes from non-renewable underground sources.

Opportunities for the sector

In light of the UAE’s ambition to ensure its food security and its need for potable water, many opportunities for cooperation in the water, energy and food sectors are arising. The Dutch water sector is becoming increasingly present in the region, especially in the domains of water technology.

It is expected that the coming years will offer more opportunities for the Dutch water sector to expand its activities in the region, mostly through the EXPO2020 Dubai and the strategy of the Government of the Netherlands to focus on water-energy-food in the Gulf.


Together with the Regional Business Development Team of the Dutch Embassies in the Gulf countries, NWP is actively involved in various initiatives that lead to collaborative projects between the Dutch water sector and counterparts in the Gulf countries. NWP’s activities include providing market information about the Gulf countries to the Dutch water sector, organising (virtual) trade missions and tailor made events; and the facilitation of partnership building. 

Interested to know more about
the Gulf? Contact our Project Manager MENA, Sabrina Kraaijenbrink-Doetjes.

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