Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Abu Dhabi will host Liwa International Water Technology Conference from 15 to 17 May. This Conference will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s representative of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi in association with representatives from the Health Agency – Abu Dhabi, Masdar, Western Region Municipality and Environment, Health & Safety Office.
The 2016 Liwa International Water Technology Conference, Water Research and Applications is motivated by the need to address critical water supply in the Arab region and the United Arab Emirates in general and in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular. It is well known that freshwater is only 3% of the world’s water, and more than two-thirds of that is in the form of frozen glaciers or not available for our use.
The conference will kick off with the participation of experts in the industry from all over the world and will discuss many water-related topics and issues that come on top of the concerns of the wise leadership in the United Arab Emirates. The three-day conference will discuss more than 120 research specialized in water technology.
LiwaTech 2016 will facilitate interaction between water experts, service providers and stakeholders with an opportunity to showcase current trends in the field of water industry and future initiatives. In addition the Conference will shed the light on many themes such as the oil and gas produced water, the best current and future technologies related the treatment of water and the re-use of produced water.
Experts taking part in this Conference will address the latest innovative technologies for water desalination that determine the future of the water industry and water security in the GCC countries and other regions. This theme will also highlight possible means to reduce costs and energy consumption as well as the environmental effects of making desalination a sustainable industry. Experts will also talk about the water demand and the most important experiences and expertise related to the optimal use and management of the most effective techniques to maintain it either in domestic, industrial or agricultural use. Topics of the Conference will also address modern techniques adopted in irrigation and agricultural production in order to raise the efficiency of water use in agriculture in ” arid ” and other regions.
The Conference sessions will include keynote presentations covering the management of underground water and ways to assess and control aquifer storage and recovery and artificial recharge for groundwater aquifer systems using different alternative water resources, including desalinated and treated wastewate
The Conference will also underline the water-energy-food nexus. In addition to topics such as sustainability, climate change, sea level rise and means and indicators required to achieve the water sustainability. Speakers will share information about the best available scientific discoveries and innovations to improve this nexus. They will also address the old, current and anticipated models related to climate change and its impact on water resources.
LiwaTec 2016 is set to be an ideal platform to discuss how to build a sustainable future through rationalizing the consumption of water and preserving the natural resources. LiwaTec 2016 brings together solutions providers, investors, decision makers, potential partners and shareholders and end-users from both public and private sectors. The Conference will also host representatives of international companies operating in the field of water technology and its applications, and will hold its sessions in the presence of international experts from Germany, France, Singapore, USA, Italy, Netherland and many Arab and Gulf countries.
On this occasion, HE Nasser Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Conference , said: ” water scarcity in the Middle East has been, since ever, a source of tension between the countries of the region with a view to finding solutions due the shortage of valuable resource. In order to improve the quality of drinking water and irrigation water, Liwa International Water Technology Conference is a platforms designed to improve the quality of drinking water, sea water and ground water in the Gulf region and the Middle East“.
Al Shamsi added:” due the region’s growing need to a good quality water, recent research has tended to promote a number of water-related issues, including the case of aquifers , and the rehabilitation of water and contaminated groundwater basins as well as treatment of sea water, salt water and slightly contaminated water in addition to the control of domestic industrial sewage in order to reduce the size of environmental damage.
In his turn, Dr Abdulrahman Al Sharhan, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Conference said:”Water availability is affected by geography, climate, engineering, regulation, and competi¬tion for resources. As a result, some regions have relatively abundant freshwater, while others face drought conditions. Hence, water scarcity in many parts of the world is a problem that has worsened with time“.
He added:” Over the years, water resources in rivers, lakes, and groundwater aquifers are diminishing or negatively affected by pollution. Wetlands are undesirably affected and many are dried up. Inefficiencies in water practices for agriculture and other uses cause too much waste. Cli¬mate change is affecting rainfall amounts and patters around the world, causing shortages and droughts in some areas and flooding in others. Increased world population is worsen¬ing the problem through competitive demand for water“.
According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. By 2025, it is expected that two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. Ecosystems around the world will suffer even more.
UN reports show that, every day, about 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world’s water. Adequate sanitation is a problem for 2.5 billion people, causing diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever, among others.
Dr. Itimad al Amrani, Chairwoman has confirmed that Liwa International Water Technology Conference will discuss in its sessions issues related to water scarcity and quality, offering an opportunity to talk about innovations and technologies associated with water, environment, ecology, water resources and water infrastructure technology.
Dr Itimad explained that “this can only be achieved through information sharing in detailed technical sessions, roundtable discussions, specialised workshops, and an interactive and informative exhibition.
She added: “The conference emphasizes its international nature by covering pres¬entations pertinent to various geographical locations. The main themes will include water resource development and exploration, and water treatment, with emphasis on technology innovations.
Dr Itimad further added that the conference will also address Issues related to water management, including sustainability and water, energy, and food nexus. Climate change effects on water resources will be also covered.