MEDRC convened the 4th meeting of its Omani Desalination Researchers Network (OMDEREN) at its headquarters in Al Hail, Muscat yesterday. Leading Omani based researchers were invited to the event which was held under the topic ‘Good Practices of Water and Wastewater Management’.
First launched by MEDRC in 2016 the network aims to provide a platform to highlight new research findings, produce collaborations and coordinate the focus of Oman’s leading water experts on water challenges specific to Oman.
Water resource management is the activity of planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of water resources. Ideally, water resource management planning has regard to all the competing demands for water and seeks to ensure that supply can be managed to satisfy every need fairly.
Making the opening remarks on the day, Dr Jauad el Kharraz, Head of Research at MEDRC said, ‘the aim of today’s event is to highlight current examples of best practices and to present applicable solutions to specific problems relating to water and wastewater management across a variety of sectors and scenarios.” Dr Ayisha al Khatri, Head of Water Statistics Section at the Water Resources Monitoring Department, Ministry of Regional Municipalities kicked off the meeting with a presentation on the impacts of agriculture on groundwater aquifers in the south Al Batinah coastal area.
As part of the Alumni Lecture Series, which offers exceptional MEDRC Fellows opportunities to present their research findings to distinguished audiences at key events, two alumnae were invited to attend and made presentations on the day.
Eng Weam al Mahdawi and Eng Manal al Shraideh are recipients of MEDRC Fellowships (MSc) and graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST).
The MEDRC fellowship programme is a unique initiative designed to support research capacity in Jordan and Palestine. It offers brilliant young researchers with the aptitude but without the means, the chance to further their studies in the field of water research.
The audience comprised of researchers, stakeholders and experts representing institutions, universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as those from the private sector and associations involved in desalination, water and wastewater research in Oman. The presence of external experts aims at enriching discussions and bringing different perspectives and also creating opportunities of collaboration.