‘Desalination and the Gulf: The Relationship between the Environment and Meeting the Region’s Water Needs’ is the result of work begun last year by IDA’s Environmental Task Force, a global initiative that was formally launched during the IDA World Congress in Dubai. The Symposium will be held under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Fahmi Bin Ali Aljowder, Minister for Electricity and Water Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain.
“Desalinated water from the Gulf is the lifeblood for millions of people in the region. At the same time, it is necessary to develop strategies to safeguard the Gulf’s precious waters in order to ensure the continued well-being of the millions of people who reside here as well as the vitality of the many thriving economies in the region. This Symposium will examine the effect of desalination on these waters, and identify the steps that can be taken to enhance environmental stewardship not only for today, but for future generations,” said Dr. Abdulmajeed Ali Alawadhi, Co-Chair for IDA’s Environmental Task Force, and Chief Executive of the Electricity and Water Authority, Kingdom of Bahrain.
Designed to be interactive, the Symposium includes fact-finding and analysis by many of the world’s foremost experts followed by facilitated discussion among participants to explore each issue in greater depth. IDA has invited representatives from governments, the desalination industry, engineering, research & development, science and academia, and environmental concerns to join in this event and contribute their insights to shape future directions in the practice of desalination in this region.
“Our goal is that this Symposium has a positive and lasting impact by providing a platform for action. To succeed, this must be an inclusive process. That is why all participants will work together to guide the development of a ‘Blue Paper’ a roadmap for implementing environmental ‘Best Practices’ in desalination, not only in the Gulf region but also in other parts of the world,” said Lisa Henthorne, Co-Chair for IDA’s Environmental Task Force.
The program will begin with an overview of the Gulf environment and its status regarding desalination. In-depth sessions will cover Marine Impacts, including a discussion of intakes and discharges; Air Quality; Renewable Energy; and Environmental Assessment and Monitoring. Following each day’s presentations, all participants will take part in facilitated Roundtable Discussions covering the day’s sessions.
Dr. Mahmoud Medhat Abdel©\Jawad, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait
Mr. Ahmad Al Khowaiter, Director, New Business Evaluation Department, Saudi Aramco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Eng. Fouad Alshaikh, Manager, Sitra Power & Water Station, Kingdom of Bahrain
Dr. Habib N. El©\Habr, United Nations Environment Program, Kingdom of Bahrain
Mr. Colin J. Hannan, Director of Water Services, Regulation and Supervision Bureau, UAE
Mr. Timothy Hogan, Fisheries Biologist, Alden Research Laboratory, Inc., USA
Dr. Sabine Lattemann, Sr. Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mr. Robin Morelissen, Consultant/Researcher, Deltares, The Netherlands
Dr. Nabil Nada, Desalination Engineering Manager, ACWA Power Projects, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mr. Tom Pankratz, Editor/Consultant, Water Desalination Report, USA
Ms. Michelle Rhodes, Project Director, Infrastructure, 360 Environmental Pty, Ltd, Perth, Western Australia
Mr. Jamal Shadid, Water Manager, Regulation and Supervision Bureau, UAE
Mr. Mark Silverton, Lead Environmental Consultant, 5 Capitals, UAE
Ms. Jean Snoeck, Chief Engineer Power & Gas, Tractebel Engineering/GDF Suez, Belgium
Ms. Susan Trousdale, Project Director, Sydney’s Desalination Project,Sydney Water, Australia
Mr. Jos van Gils, ETF Member and Senior Specialty Advisor/Researcher, Deltares, The Netherlands.
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