Birzeit University launches second phase in Palestine-Dutch water cooperation

The Institute of Environmental and Water Studies at Birzeit University launched on April 13, 2017 the second phase of the Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Program on Water (PADUCO)in an event attended by ten Palestinian and Dutch universities.

Vice President of Community Affairs Asim Khalil described the water dilemma that Palestinians face due to the Israeli occupation’s control over water resources and how these outrageous practices result in a number of environmental issues in Palestinian society.

Khalil underscored the importance of scientific research in finding real solutions for such dilemmas. “The Institute of Environmental and Water Studies reflects our commitment to research activities and the powerful outcomes of local-international partnerships.”

Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Palestinian Authority Peter Mollema talked about the strong relationship has developed through PADUCO, which presents an opportunity for exchanging experiences and finding means to better control water resources in Palestine.

Project coordinator Gul Ozerol said that the initiative that commenced five years ago has produced a number of scientific studies that can contribute to solving major issues that face the Palestinian water sector.

Representatives from Birzeit, An-Najah, Al Quds Open, Polytechnic, and Palestine Technical universities presented papers on means and methods of enhancing cooperation and partnerships with the relevant Dutch institutions.