The workshop aims to set strategic directions for water research in the Kingdom, and focuses on several axes, including the vision of the Ministry of Education to support research, the report of the first phase of preparing the National Water Research Strategy, international best practices in the National Water Research Department, and the Ministry’s achievements in regional groundwater studies, as well as A draft strategy for water research in the Kingdom, which was prepared by the National Center for Water Research and Studies in cooperation with the World Bank, will be discussed.
During his speech at the opening of the workshop, the Minister of Environment stressed that the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has attached great importance to scientific research through the establishment of the National Center for Water Research and Studies at the Water Agency, adding that the water sector in the Kingdom has undergone several transformations during the past period, as the Kingdom has prepared a national strategy Long-term water based on an integrated water resource management approach, whose vision is a sustainable water sector that develops and preserves water resources, preserves the environment, and provides safe supply and high-quality services that contribute to economic and social development.
Minister Al-Fadhli noted the pivotal role that scientific research plays and its great role in achieving the sustainability of water resources, developing its services, and achieving a decision-making mechanism based on accurate information, and from here the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has attached great importance to scientific research through the establishment of the National Center for Water Research and Studies in the Water Agency Which aims to support the decision-making process by providing the latest scientific studies and research.
For his part, Undersecretary for Water Affairs Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani emphasized that this initiative is part of the ministry’s efforts to develop a coherent national strategy for water research in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
و :ضاف: «The National Water Strategy aims, through its 10 programs and 47 initiatives, to meet the main challenges of the water sector, benefit from previous and current studies, restructure the water sector to ensure sustainability, make the most of the Kingdom’s natural and financial resources and provide high-quality services.»، Pointing out that the National Water Strategy includes a program to develop the National Water Research Strategy, which is the fourth program that deals with enhancing the role of scientific knowledge about water resources management and development because of its importance to the national economy.
The Undersecretary for Water Affairs noted that investment in science and technology is a major reason for achieving sustainable development. Countries that have invested in applied research have achieved sustainable economic development, noting that the Ministry is working in cooperation with the World Bank to conduct a series of studies related to the implementation of selected tasks linked to the national strategy. Water 2030.
During the first day, the participants in the workshop touched on the current situation of water research in the Kingdom. Examples of international experiences such as the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico were reviewed by default, and the first day of the workshop witnessed business sessions and discussion panels related to research priorities in water. The workshop will conclude tomorrow with panel discussions, as the participants discuss a draft of the water research priorities report with the aim of agreeing on strategic directions and suggesting ways to fund research and involve the public and private sectors in formulating these directions.
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