Water Harvesting Assessment of Research Needs and Priorities

  1    Introduction:
The aim of the workshop is to define a platform for Water Harvesting (WH) community, including the construction industry, water agencies, universities and regulatory professionals by brainstorm about research needs and priorities related to WH.
The mechanism of the workshop is to divide the participants into six persons base groups, each group led by facilitator, the purpose is to obtain a better perspective of most pressing research needs of WH.
The groups should answer a list of three questions:
1.    What are the immediate research needs?
2.    What are the long-term research issues should be addressed?  
3.    What barriers are preventing implementation of WH projects?  
Each group will present their results in separated sessions. During the session, the facilitator should prepare “flip-chart” list of ideas generated by the group relating to each of the three questions or other questions generated by the group members.
At the conclusion, each group should vote on what they consider to be the top priority needs for research from their own list of ideas. A working paper shall be prepared by a task group (of 3 national experts) to be used as an initial draft to guide the workshop proceedings and discussions. In addition, one day seminar in Accountability and Management of Groundwater resources should be presented by international experts.  
     2    Objectives :
1.    To critically review the current status of knowledge and Research and to define the gaps and needs.
2.    To define the needs in researches in WH.
3.    To set the research priorities in the WH for the next decades.
     3    Expected Outputs:
1-    Knowledge gaps and needs in WH being identified  
2-    Interaction of researchers and professionals from the industry.
3-    Key priorities of research for immediate as well as long term being listed and formulated.    
     4    Organizers and Sponsors :
UNESCO office of Khartoum is kindly requested to support this workshop through the Sudanese National Commission for UNESCO.  
•    NWRC
•    RCWH
•    WRC
•    Sudanese National Commission for UNESCO
    5    Participants :
•    Researchers in WH-related issues (in a holistic approach) from various institutions.
•    Professionals with vast experience in the WH projects.
•    Developers and operators of WH projects.
•    Stakeholders (Policy makers)
•    Research students   
    6    Time Scheduling:
The workshop is scheduled for 19-20 November 2016.
    7    Expected cost  :
The RCWH, being the direct commitment of the MoIWRE for its operation and budget, hence the Ministry will cover the majority of the requirements of the workshop. However, some of the expenses may not be possible for the Ministry to cover, such as international tickets for experts and main facilitators from UNESCO-IHE and category 2 centers. This cost is estimated as 5,000 USD.
•    Total expected cost: 20,000 USD
•    Cost covered by MoIWRE: 15,000 USD
•    Cost covered by UNESCO: 5,000 USD