SECOND ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN-INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON

“WATER FOR LIFE IN THE MIDDLE EAST”

October 9 (evening) to October 12th, 2004

Rome, Italy

 

SPONSORED BY

IPCRI

ISRAEL /PALESTINE CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND INFORMATION

Together with

 

THE INTERNATIONAL WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION–IWRA 

 

Co-sponsored by

 

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT- USAID (provisional)

 

THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ROME
The Office for Peace in Jerusalem of the Municipality of Rome
 

UNESCO

 

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATER LAW (AIDA)(provisional)

 

 

Conference Objectives:

 

1. To provide an on-going forum for fruitful dialogue, development of mutual understanding and mutual respect between Israeli, Palestinian and other Middle Eastern and international water specialists. The conference aims to present subjects of interest for water scientists, engineers, economists, lawyers, administrators, managers and policy makers. The goal is to provide a basis for improved cooperation between the peoples of the region and the international community in developing, managing and protecting their scarce shared water resources and for the promotion of “Water for Life” for the benefit of all the nations of the region.

 

2. To provide a follow-up some twelve years after the First Israeli-Palestinian International Academic Conference on Water held in Zurich, Switzerland December 10-13, 1992 for the purposes of evaluating developments relating to water resources in the Middle East since that historic conference.

 

3. To hear up-to-date scientific and technical papers and reports on recent developments related to the water resources technology and management with particular reference to the Middle East with specific emphasis on Israeli and Palestinian issues.

 

4. To  hold discussions, dialogs and workshops with the participation of  both academic water specialists and representatives of the water authorities of the countries of the region and international community on specific issues dealing with improving cooperation on water resources development and of meeting the needs of the peoples of the region.

 

We plan that this conference, to be held in an era when there are renewed hopes for progress in the peace process, to be even more significant than the first conference held in Switzerland some 12 years ago.  For this purpose, special attention will be given to the inclusion of authoritative speakers dealing with the scientific, technical, economic, legal and policy aspect of promoting “Water for Life” among the partners of the shared water resources on the region. The program will host distinguished guests from around the world whose expertise is particularly relevant to the provision of “Water for Life” in the region. 

 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS:

 

Authors interested in submitting papers for oral or poster presentation should submit an abstract of about 300-400 words or no more than one page in length by February 15th  2004. Abstract should be submitted by to the Conference Secretariat (provisional email robin@ipcri.org) in MS Word – Times New Roman 12 points.

 

There are two options available to those who wish to submit papers.  Papers for oral presentation of twenty minutes with five minutes for discussion in one of the appropriate parallel sessions in the conference program or posters presentations during the special time periods allocated for poster presentations. In both cases the authors must submit an abstract noting which conference topic the paper refers to and specifying whether it is for oral presentation or for a poster. Palestinian and Israeli authors of accepted papers will receive basic financial support. Some limited support will be available for others depending on the extent of outside funding.

 

The main conference topics will include:

 

A-   Geopolitical, Legal and Cultural issues relating to the Water Resources of the Region:

 

B-    Management and Development of Water Resources

C-    Water Science, Technology and Quality Assurance appropriate for the Middle East

 

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Rome in October 2004.

For further information contact the IPCRI Water Conference –

Mr. Robin Twite, Conference Coordinator

robin@ipcri.org

http://www.ipcri.org/water-conference.html

 

Professor Hassan Dwiek              Professor Hillel Shuval

              Al Quds University              The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Conference Co-Chair                            Conference Co-Chair

   Email: hdweik@planet.edu                 Email: hshuval@vms.huji.ac.il