OPTIMA: Optimisation   for Sustainable
Water Resources Management

Project Partners: FoA, UJO, Jordan

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan
University Road, P.O.Box. 13042, 11942 Amman
Tel: ++962 6 535 5000   Fax: ++962 6 535 5577
  Contacts: Muhammad Shatanawi shatanaw@ju.edu.jo  
    project team OPTIMA@ju.edu.jo  

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan

The University of Jordan (UJ) is both a modern as well as old institution of Higher Education in Jordan. Established in 1962, the University has, since then, applied itself to the advancement of knowledge no less than to its dissemination. In its capacity as a comprehensive teaching, research and community-service institution, the University enables its students to choose from a wide range of programs- more than 3500 different courses are offered by some 18 faculties. The Faculty of Agriculture (FA) at the University is the leading agricultural education institute in Jordan and the Middle East. The Faculty includes 6 major departments with different programs in research and education.

The Faculty carries out several research activities in conservation of water resources in arid region, irrigation management (irrigation water requirements, deficit irrigation and irrigation scheduling), use of reclaimed wastewater in agriculture, watershed management, hydrology and water resources of arid region and water harvesting and artificial recharge. The Faculty has different training and research facilities including three field stations, water and environmental labs and a GIS Unit.

The GIS unit has been established to optimize the use of both land and water resources. The Faculty has been able to attract funds for several research projects from the EU, UNESCO and others as well as internal support.

These activities are mainly carried out through the UNESCO Chair in water resources headed by Dr. Shatanawi. The Faculty have carried and is carrying the following projects funded by the EU: SMART, MEDCOASTLAND, WASAMED, IRRIMED, OPTIMA, DIMAS, MELIA, GEWAMED. For more details visit http://www.ju.edu.jo/unesco/index.htm

The Faculty of agriculture is contributing the Jordanian case study of the Zarqa River, and contributes to the water technology data compilation in particular in the area of irrigation technology, waste water treatment, and recycling.

Project Team

Professor Muhammad Shatanawi: is a University Professor in Water Resources and Irrigation, has diverse and wide expertise of more than twenty five years in water resources and irrigation management, water and agriculture policy, irrigation systems, hydrology of arid areas, and environmental impact of water projects. He is coordinating many research projects funded by EU and UNESCO. Dr. Shatanawi was the Dean of Faculty of Agriculture (1999-2003) and the director of Water and Environment Research and Study Centre for 7 years (1992-1999). He worked as FAO expert in the North Western Coastal Zone of Egypt in water resources management. He is now a UNESCO chair holder in Wadi Hydrology and water resources. He is a policy advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and a member of many scientific committees. He is the chief editor and member of the editorial boards of many scientific journals in water policy, water planning and agricultural water management. Dr. Shatanawi has more than 50 publications in water resources and irrigation management, water policy, hydrology of arid region and the use of reclaimed water for irrigation.

Dr. Jawad al-Bakri: Is an assistant Professor at the Department of Land, Water and Environment, he teaches courses in GIS, RS, image processing EIA, environmental monitoring and modeling of environmental system. The main experience of Dr. a-Bakri is application of GIS and RS in mapping land use soil and vegetation. He works also in environmental modeling and EIA. Dr. al-Bakri holds a Ph.D. in Remote sensing and environmental monitoring from Cranfield University, UK.

Dr. Maisa’a Wasif Shammout: Researcher at University of Jordan- Faculty of Agriculture. She worked at the Water and Environment Research & Study Center for two years (1997-1998) on Biological, Chemical and Physical water analysis. She holds Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Resources and Environment. Her Ph.D. Dissertation objective was to propose land use options, solutions, and to develop different scenarios to manage surface water in Zarqa River Basin. Her M.Sc. degree is in Environmental Sciences and Management and the B.Sc. is in Biology. Dr. Shammout’s research interests are in the areas of environmental conservation, watershed management, and hydrologic applications.

Eng. Sawsan Naber: Is a researcher in irrigated agriculture at the University of Jordan. She worked in the field of irrigated agriculture from 1986 till 1989 supervising research and conducting field experiments in crop performance under irrigation. From 1989 till 1999, she was a lab supervisor and an IT specialist. Since 1999, Ms. Naber has joined the team of Dr. Shatanawi working in the implementation of many research projects dealing with issues of water and irrigation that are supported by EU and UNESCO. Ms. Naber has excellent skills in computer and using of models. She has become the person in charge of gender issues in water and irrigation. She participates in three major conferences and workshops dealing with the role of women in water management. She is now a partner and assistance coordinator of a new project dealing with establishing a thematic network on gender and water in the Mediterranean countries (GEWAMED).

Eng. Nidal Afaifa: Is a researcher at the GIS Lab at the Faculty of Agriculture since 1995. He gained a good experience in GIS and RS while he was working with the private sector.

He is also involved with the IRRIMED project. He holds a B.Sc degree in Land, Water and Environment from the University of Jordan.

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