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Water Resources Management Policy and Strategy Advisor (TPAT)

The TPAT is a three year technical assistance project (started in July 2011) to assist the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) in order to:
  • Facilitate the implementation by PWA of the Sector Reform processes.
  • Update water supply, sanitation and water resources management strategies towards more effective infrastructure development, improved service provision, and sustainable resource management.
  • Develop PWA’s capacity for implementation of water supply, sanitation and water resources management strategies, action plans and programs.

The TPAT project is an integral part of the Action Plan for Reform for the water sector in Palestine and only one of several interrelated projects. The Institutional Water Sector Review (2010-11) has given the main direction to the further reform and its related projects like the TPAT (2011-14), the Legislative Review (2011-12) and the Organizational Development (2011-2012) project.

The TPAT project is based on the concept of collaboration and partnership between the TPAT team and the PWA. In addition, for those activities that relate to or impact other stakeholder organizations, the following additional specific arrangements have been made:

  • Expanded task teams to include the main stakeholders (inner circle) and
  • A group of other stakeholders areo participate in seminars, workshops to discuss draft outputs (outer circle).

The development of policies and strategies for water resources, water supply and wastewater is considered as one of the main outputs of the project. The draft policies and strategies were produced by July 2012. As per the TPAT Terms of Reference, these documents were prepared considering two different scenarios based on: (1) status quo and (2) significant improved relations between the Israelis and Palestinians. The objective of the assignment was to assist PWA and other stakeholders to produce a draft water resources management policy and a draft water resources management strategy for Palestine, which is agreeable to the PWA.

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