Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Program on Water (PADUCO)

Innovative water solutions for Palestine

Posted on 13 August 2014


Water scarcity is a major problem in the West Bank and, even more so, in the Gaza Strip. The water resources are under increasing water stress due to a combination of factors, such as increasing demand, economic development, population growth, climate change, and water pollution from untreated wastewater. The water sector is therefore to adapt drastically in order to meet the challenges ahead.

PADUCO contributes, on the mid- and the longer term, to the effectiveness of the Palestinian water sector regarding the development, provision, and management of water resources and services. It will reduce dependencies on donors and external funding, and thereby contribute to an independent Palestinian state.

The  consortium working in the field of research, education and training consists of five universities from Palestine and five universities from the Netherlands:

An-Najah University 
Al-Quds University
Birzeit University
Palestine Polytechnic University
Palestine Technical University Kadoorie

Maastricht School of Management
Delft University of Technology
UNESCO-Institute for Water Education
University of Twente
Wageningen University

Planned activities: 

  • Research projects
  • Knowledge dissemination 
  • Awareness raising
  • Curriculum development at universities
  • Student and staff exchange
  • Internships for students
  • Trainings for practitioners, farmers, researchers and policy makers.

 Focus areas:

  • Wastewater treatment and re-use
  • Use of treated wastewater and brackish water in agriculture
  • Treatment of olive mill wastewater
  • Artificial groundwater recharge
  • Use of renewable energy in wastewater treatment
  • Water quality monitoring and assessment
  • Water management and governance

PADUCO engages the private sector in various ways such as exchange of scientific information, involvement in teaching, adjustment of curricula to the needs of the private sector, fellowships for researchers and traineeships to students from the participating universities. Following Dutch companies are involved:


DMT Environmental Technology

Berson UV



The overall objective of the program is to improve the individual, organizational and institutional capacity of the Palestinian higher education sector in the area of water.


  • New prototype products
  • Product evaluations
  • Guidelines for policy-makers and practitioners
  • Curriculum development
  • Training programs

Current status 
11 research projects and  3 assessment activities regarding education and training needs are in progress.

First Phase: December 2013-December 2015
Second Phase: January 2016-December 2017

Spin off
On demand applied academic field research for business development 

Project location

Project partners

  • Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) - University of Twente
  • IHE Delft | Institute for Water Education
  • TU Delft
  • Wageningen University and Research Center