Results of Opportunity Survey, Mac McKee

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Presentation from Mac McKee, Director of UWRL at MENA NWC Muscat Meeting, December 5-8, 2011

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  • 1--groundwater stands out2--others are seen as important in the region and as strengths among the centers (desal, water use eff, water supply, san, utilities, water productivity, water policy/gov, wastewater reuse, water/energy/food)3--others do not score consistently high in both research strengths and regional importance (watershed/river bsnmgt, water res econ, coastal, marine, wetlands)
  • Results of Opportunity Survey, Mac McKee

    1. 1. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceAgreement on Thematic Partnerships:Opportunity Survey Results Opportunity Survey: • Completed by Center directors last month • Topics:  Key Areas for Applied Research on Water  Private Sector Involvement  Strengthening Research Capacity  Communications and Information Sharing  Research Center Demographics
    2. 2. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceResponses were received from 15 Centers:• Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Science Hassan II (IAVS) (Morocco)• International Institute of Water and Sanitation under the National Office of Potable Water (ONEP) (Morocco)• University of Jordan (WEEC) (Jordan)• National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) (Jordan)• Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) (Jordan)• Royal Scientific Society (RSS) (Jordan)• Water and Environmental Studies Institute, An Najah National University (WESI) (Palestine)• Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural (INRGREF) (Tunisia)• Institute of Arid Regions, Medenine, Tunisia (IRA) (Tunisia)• Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute, Qatar Foundation (QEERI) (Qatar)• Center for Environmental Study and Research (CESAR) (Oman)• International Center for Biosaline Research (ICBA) (International)• International Center for Agricultural Reseach in Dry Areas (ICARDA) (International)• Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) (International)• International Water Management Institute (IWMI) (International)
    3. 3. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceKey areas for applied research:“From the list below, please indicate your Center’s top five researchstrengths, the MENA region’s top five water challenges that applied researchcan help solve, and, of those five challenges, the top three areas in which youwould like to collaborate with others:1. groundwater 6. watershed/river basin management2. water supply 7. water resources economics(municipal, industrial, 8. water policy and governance commercial, domestic), sanitatio 9. wastewater reusen, and water utilities 10. coastal, marine, and wetlands3. desalination 11. water-energy-food security4. water use efficiency relationships/ interactions5. water productivity (crop 12. other (specify) production) and irrigation Responses were received from 15 Centers.
    4. 4. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceWhat are: --your Center’s top five research strengths? --the MENA region’s top five water challenges? --the top three areas in which you would like to collaborate with others? 90% 80% Strengths 70% Challenges 60% Collaboration 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Others: Climate change and utilities Climate change and water resources Water quality
    5. 5. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceWhat are: --your Center’s top five research strengths? --the MENA region’s top five water challenges? --the top three areas in which you would like to collaborate with others? 90% 80% Strengths 70% Challenges 60% Collaboration 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Groundwater Others: Climate change and utilities Climate change and water resources Water quality
    6. 6. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceWhat are: --your Center’s top five research strengths? --the MENA region’s top five water challenges? --the top three areas in which you would like to collaborate with others? 90% 80% Strengths 70% Challenges 60% Collaboration 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Water supply, sanitation, utilities Others: Climate change and utilities Climate change and water resources Water quality
    7. 7. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceWhat are: --your Center’s top five research strengths? --the MENA region’s top five water challenges? --the top three areas in which you would like to collaborate with others? 90% 80% Strengths 70% Challenges 60% Collaboration 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Water use efficiency and productivity Others: Climate change and utilities Climate change and water resources Water quality
    8. 8. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceWhat are: --your Center’s top five research strengths? --the MENA region’s top five water challenges? --the top three areas in which you would like to collaborate with others? 90% 80% Strengths 70% Challenges 60% Collaboration 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Non-conventional water Others: Climate change and utilities Climate change and water resources Water quality
    9. 9. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceWhat are: --your Center’s top five research strengths? --the MENA region’s top five water challenges? --the top three areas in which you would like to collaborate with others? 90% 80% Strengths 70% Challenges 60% Collaboration 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Water/energy/food security relationships Others: Climate change and utilities Climate change and water resources Water quality
    10. 10. Combining the responses from the Centers on the questions of research strengths and regional water challenges, and combining the categories as discussed:80%70%60%50%40%30%20%10%0% Suggested Thematic Partnerships Cross-cutting theme (one of many possible)
    11. 11. Middle East and North Africa _____________________________________ Network of Water Centers of ExcellenceProposed Initial Thematic Partnerships for MENA NWC: governance Water policy and Groundwater Water use efficiency & productivity Water supply, sanitation, utilities Non-conventional use of water Water, energy & food security

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