Sustainable Water Technologies - SusWaTec

Egyptian-German Workshop on Sustainable Water Technologies - SusWaTec

Workshop 18.-20th February 2013 - Cairo, Egypt

Aims and background

Water shortage is one of the top ten global problems which affect people living in our world. Lack of clean and safe drinking water causes 80-90% of all diseases and kills about 4000 children every day. Water demand increases due to the growth in the population and industrial as well as agricultural developments; however, the renewable water resources remain the same or are even diminishing.

In Egypt, the water consumption per capita was 771 m3/year in 2005 and is expected to reach 582 m3/year by 2025. This means that at the moment, Egypt is already facing a water crisis since the water consumption per person is below the water poverty line (1000 m3/capita/year). In Egypt, about 80% of the available water resources are consumed for agriculture and the rest are for domestic and industrial activities. The management of these resources is inefficient and a huge amount of fresh water is discarded. The shortage of water supply will definitely influence the economic and cultural development of Egypt. In 2010, Egypt was ranked number 8 out of 165 nations reviewed in the so-called ‘Water Security Risk Index’ published by Maplecroft. The ranking of each country in the index depends mainly on four key factors, i.e., access to improved drinking water and sanitation, the availability of renewable water and the reliance on external supplies, the relationship between available water and supply demands, and the water dependency of each country’s economy. Based on this study, the situation of water in Egypt was identified as extremely risky.

Many developed countries such as Germany have succeeded to provide high quality drinking water to their inhabitants, applying innovative technologies for water treatment and reuse, and designing educational and practical training programs for their staff working in the water sector. Therefore, launching new teaching programs, conducting joint research and implementing projects, as well as establishing networking activities will be beneficial and of high interest for the water sector in Egypt, Tunisia and the region. The expertise of international scientists can support the young generation as well as the experts in the transition countries. Three projects dealing with new ways for improving different critical aspects of water usage and management have already been approved by the German Academic Exchange Foundation (DAAD) in “line 1” of the DAAD calls of proposals (German-Arab Transformation Partnership) and started in 2011/2012. One of these projects is “Integrated Water Technologies” (IWaTec).

The IWaTec consortium in cooperation with the project leaders of the other water projects in DAAD “line 1”, will organize ‘’The First Egyptian-German Workshop on Sustainable Water Technologies, SusWatec’’. The main objective of the workshop is to bring together scientists and researchers, politicians and industrial experts from Germany and the region for scientific and knowledge exchange about water technologies. About 30 well-known experts from Germany, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan are invited for oral presentations. The speakers will report on the latest scientific results and cutting edge technologies. In addition, they will give an insight into the main water-related problems in the transition countries. During the workshop, several panel discussions will be organized (in collaboration with “Climate Talks” program organized by DAAD office in Cairo).

SusWatec is especially designed for young researchers and students from Egypt and the region. On one hand, the students will not only have the chance to experience new techniques and technologies, but also to get in close discussions with the well known scientists as well as representatives from the industry and the government. During the workshop there will be a poster session enabling the young scientists and students to present their own research results and achievements. SusWatec will also provide great opportunity to disseminate information about the existing joint projects and to get in contact with highly motivated students and scientists for future collaboration between Germany and Egypt. In addition, it provides high visibility to the efforts of Germany in the region in form of the activities of DAAD and the participating researchers.