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Water Forum for the EMA Region 2010

under the patronage of Federal Minister for Economy and Technology, Rainer Brüderle,
March 11th – 12th, 2010 at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce


09.00 a.m.   Reception

10.00 a.m.   Opening


Opening Speeches

  • Dr. Karl-Joachim Dreyer (Vice-President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce)
  • Prof. Dr. Horst H. Siedentopf (EMA-President, Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Morocco, Hamburg)


  • State Secretary Christian Maaß (Board for City Development and Environment, Hamburg)
  • H.E. A. Nabi Mussayab (Ambassador of the Arab League, Berlin)
  • H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid (President of the Arab Water Council, Arab Republic of Egypt)

Moderator: Senator (ret.) Peter Rehaag (Lawyer, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Yemen, Hamburg)


11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.  Panels 1 & 2


Panel 1: Socio-Cultural Foundations of the Right for Water; Regional Conflicts for Water

  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Mohammed Al-Eryani (Ambassador, Republic of Yemen): „Challenges for Water Management in the Arab Mashreq region”
  • H.E. Dr. Hassan Hani Al-Janabi (Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Iraq at the United Nations, Department of Agriculture and Food, Rome): “International Cooperation in the Tigris-Euphrates river area.”
  • Dr. Martin Jungius (Foreign Office, Department for Environment and Biological Questions): „Water – Resource of Conflict or Source for Peace?“
  • Dr. Annabelle Houdret (Adelphi Consult, Berlin): “Domestic Conflicts on Water in the EMA-Region”

Moderator: Taoufik Ben Amara (UN-Botschafter a.D., Hamburg)


Panel 2: Integrated Water-Resource-Management (IWRM)

  • Muder Khalaf Abusnuber (Head of Section, Water Basins Affairs, WAJ/ Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan): “Integrated Water Resource Management”
  • Shawki Barghouti (International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai, V.A.E.): „Managing the Scarcity of Water in the Middle East”
  • Dr. Norbert Müller Blanke (TIA – Technologies for Industrial Grey Water Conditioning GmbH, Breitenfelde): „The Management of Industrial Grey Water in Kuwait and Syria“
  • Prof. Dr. Ing. Ralf Otterpohl (Technical University Hamburg-Harburg): „Water Efficiency and Multiple Use-examples for the Arab Peninsula“
  • Franz Huber (Cartography Huber, Munich): "Lis Aqua: Water Management for the EMA-Region"

Moderator: Birgit Tesic-Kurth (German-Jordanian Society, Hannover)


12.30 p.m. - 13.30 p.m.   Lunch / B2B-Talks


To read a report on the conference, please click here.

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