Javier Mateo-Sagasta

Project Leader – ReWater MENA
Senior Researcher & Coordinator – Water Quality
International Water Management Institute (IWMI – HQ)

Peter G McCornick

“Wastewater is the only source of water that will increase as population and water use grow, nevertheless wastewater is a resource that is still heavily untapped in many parts of the region. This project is designed not only to address the challenges that limit water reuse but also to learn from the emerging success stories where recycled water is used for the creation of productive green belts, fuel production, fodder production for livestock, and irrigation of fruit trees or cash crops”.

Amgad Elmahdi

Head of MENA Region – International Water Management Institute (IWMI – MENA)
Principal Researcher-Water Solutions

Peter G McCornick

“MENA is the most water-stressed region in the world. The gap between the supply and demand is widening every day. On the other hand, we have the untapped and increasing resource that we are flushing everyday “wastewater”. Treated wastewater and its safe reuse is among the most promising solutions to close this S-D gap. “This project can give new life for everyone and vulnerable communities” and “If every drop of wastewater is collected and treated for re-use, this can close the gap and revitalize agricultural sector in many areas in the region”.

Nisreen Lahham

Regional Project Manager – ReWater MENA
International Water Management Institute (IWMI – MENA)

Peter G McCornick

“Treated Wastewater (TWW) provides useful nutrients, improving soil fertility and hence reducing demand for chemical fertilizers, which means energy savings. This entails studying the benefits of TWW through a WEF Nexus approach”.

Marie-Helene Nassif

Project Coordinator for ReWater MENA in Lebanon 
International Water Management Institute (IWMI – MENA)

Peter G McCornick

“The expansion of safe water reuse is a complex endeavor since it involves a multiplicity of economic sectors, stakeholders, and interests. Advocating for better water reuse policies in the MENA region requires a multidisciplinary research approach that goes hand in hand with the participation of the different categories of stakeholders. This is to me the main mission of ReWater MENA!”. 

Mohamed AlHamdi

Senior Water and Land Officer for the Near East and North Africa
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Peter G McCornick

“While wastewater is generally viewed as an environmental encumbrance that requires correction measures, in our water scarce region, wastewater is probably the only reliably growing renewable water source. By adopting appropriate and cost effective technological solutions and integrated management approaches, wastewater can be safely reused to contribute to environmental protection, food security and sustainable development“.

Bezaiet Dessalegn

Livelihood and Gender Specialist
The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Peter G McCornick

“Gender based differences in perception, access and effects of using wastewater influences decisions to effectively tap into this invaluable resource”.

Mary Halim, Ph.D.

Technical Consultant, Environmental Affairs Specialist
Arab Water Council (AWC)

Peter G McCornick

Reuse of treated wastewater, as a non-conventional water resource, was highlighted under Sustainable Development Goal 6 which targets universal sanitation services coverage, improved wastewater management, improved water quality and increased reuse, among other targets to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Challenge”.

Moayied Assayed

Manager of Water Studies
Royal Scientific Society of Jordan (RSS)

Peter G McCornick

“I believe that wastewater treatment plants are in fact water resource recovery facilities. In Jordan, we no longer consider wastewater as a waste. Treated wastewater shares up to 20% of water budget in Jordan. Yet, wastewater reuse is not a straightforward process but it rather requires looking at all dimensions i.e. social, economic and environmental aspects. In this regard, the RSS and IWMI researchers are now working together to develop safe wastewater reuse models in Jordan Valley as part of ReWater MENA project. The collaboration with IWMI also includes tracking pharmaceutical compounds and resistant genes in wastewater cycle in Jordan and studying its long terms effects”.

Khaled M. AbuZeid

Senior Regional Water Resources Director 
Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE)

Peter G McCornick

“Wastewater, which increases with population increase, is the increasing renewable water resources for reuse in agriculture in the future”.

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