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SALAM - Work packages

SALAM - Work packages

WP 1 Data Gathering and Consistency Analysis

To think about alternative regional water strategies requires appropriate knowledge about all relevant water sources of the considered regions. For that reason, this delivery covers work that will be an inventory of all natural and anthropogenically affected water resources in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, and its specific characteristics, like amount, quality, or usage.

WP 2 Development Scenarios on National Level and Impacts

Another important aspect that is independend from scale, is the definition of different socio-economic development scenarios in order to cope with uncertainties with regards to future water sector demands. The outcome of this analysis can be used later to quantify the development of the sectorial water demand in the three partner countries. The considered time frame in which water budgets, and corresponding water deficits are evaluated is about two decades.

WP 3 Regional Water Budgets and Expected Water Deficits

In this work package the present and future water budget situation in the three partner countries is evaluated based on national administration and river basins, taking into account water quality, waste water, and brakisch water.

WP 4 Water Production and Transfer Options

The 4th work package deals with the topic of water production and water transfer options. Such options are for example sea water desalination at the Mediterranian and the Red Sea and transfer to the Lower Jordan Valley, or water release from Lake Kinneret (Genezareth) to the Lower Jordan Valley including compensation measures.

WP 5 Indicator Selection and their Assessment

For a preliminary assessment of the relevant water production options with regards to their performance and impacts, a number of representative indicators will be selected together with the regional stakeholders and decision makers. The indicators should rely on the national water policies of the three partner countries and the related development goals.

WP 6 Building of Alternative Water Development Strategies

Based on the indicator assessment, the most promising water development options are being selected. As a second step a set of integrated regional water development strategies are being defined as combined priority options and diskussed with local experts, project partners, regional stakeholders and decision makes.

WP 7 Water Strategy Evaluation and Comparison

WP 6 and WP 7 are closely connected. In the sub-tasks of this work package a performance matrix for the set of alternative regional water development strategies and the ranking of the different water development strategies will be defined. Results of this work is to be communicated to local experts, project partners, regional stakeholders and decision makers. The appropriate format will be defined based on circumstances.

WP 8 Recommendations towards a Regional Water Strategy

The best ranked resources management strategy may be considered as best compromise solution for sustainable regional water development with considerable benefits for Israel, Palestine and Jordan. As a result, SALAM will provide statements and recommendations with regards to the stepwise implementation of the suggested water strategy. In addition, the SALAM partners will compile a set of recommendations with regard to water resources development in the region based on the results produced in WP 7, taking the Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian interests and perspectives into account.