The Water Energy and Environment Research Center (WEERC) at NDU aims at investigating the water and energy resources, and the state of environment situation in Lebanon and the MENA region under its multi-facial aspects. The role of this center is to develop appropriate strategies and provide training for the proper optimization and an integrated management of water and energy use that contributes to a prosperous environment.
The Water Energy and Environment Research Center is operated under the guidance of a Council for Water Energy and Environment (CWEE) headed by the Vice president for Sponsored Research and Development as Chairman and includes the Executive Director of the WEERC. The members of the Council are recognized international authorities and experts. An honorary membership of internationally known figures will be selected by the Council. Decisions are carried through the Executive Director who is responsible of implementing them. The Executive Director is assisted by the office of WEE Public Affairs which is in charge of coordinating the business development throughout its contact with industry, manufacturing process and the public sector. A Technical Coordinator, Team leader heads the Research Department and assists the Executive Director to supervise and acts as a coordinator among each research section of the WEERC and the University facilities. The WEERC integrates an Operational Services department that provides training, design documents and counseling services to water and energy related projects. An Administration and Financial Department helps in the administrative organization and management of the various departments.
The Research Department work is divided into Engineering and Management Sections. The two sections communicate their research information and findings to the Water Information Section for procession and dissemination. Details of the Research Department are illustrated in a previous version of this proposal dated April 2001.
The Engineering Section groups scientists and experts and experts in the areas of ground and surface water, water recycling dams, reservoirs, channels, water standards, agriculture and irrigation, energy resource, coastal and port engineering, and health expertise. It is seconded by the university laboratory facilities and an in-situ data collection department. An expert in Technology Transfer advises the Council on the proper technology implementation and orientation of its research.
The Management Section, in the light of the work of the Engineering Section, establishes policies and management strategies for implementation. The Social and Economic Division complements the Management Section analysis with issues related to awareness, sustainability, population expansion , tariffication and privatization modeling. A Land Management Division makes use of the findings and implements them with the assistance of the Management Information System Mapping and GIS facilities of the Water Information Section.
The Water Information Section (WIS) integrates a Library, and Training and Educational Divisions as well as the Management Information System (MIS) Division for data processing. The Water Information Section liaises with both Engineering and Management Sections for the collection of the available information, and for its dissemination.
The foreseeable role of WEERC at NDU is to interface with decision-makers and the community in order to supply them with the necessary scientific, economic and social data on water and energy resources to preserve our environment.
The necessary budget to conduct this project is based on the level of services generated and assistance from the university or other institutions.
The time needed for establishing the WEERC at NDU is estimated to be one year.
WEERC Research Area
Water Resources Management
- Implementation of Integrated Approach to Water Resources Management;
- Economic evaluation of water supply projects and programs;
- Environmental issues in water management and incorporation of environmental concerns into decision-making;
- Demand analysis and forecasting and pricing policy;
- Design of private-public partnership and water policy;
- Institutional and legal issues relevant to implementation of water market;
- Groundwater resources management, legal and regulatory issues;
- Analysis and management of international trans-boundary groundwater policy and regulatory issues;
- Regulatory framework for international water course and conflict resolution along with the UN; Convention on Non-Navigational Water Courses.
International Environmental Conflict Resolution
- Methodology analysis and Management of international environmental conflicts on rivers;
- Settlement and resolution of conflicts and implementation of legal and institutional arrangements.
- Analysis of energy demand with respect to economic and social growth;
- Open energy market and institutional regulatory system;
- Institutional framework for energy environment protection and implementation of ethics.
Values and Advantages of the WEERC
- It is a valuable information resource for decision makers, the society and academia;
- It provides specialized consulting in the area of Water and Energy resources and protection of the environment, potable water, wastewater and irrigation;
- The Center produces training and analysis on water and energy infrastructure, privatization, regulation in the new market economy and globalization;
- It sets in motion research and development of renewable energy resources as part of the global energy policy;
- It provides Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Economic Analysis for major projects;
- It enhances research facilities at NDU;
- It opens the door for the future funding from local and international organizations;
- It is a teaching tool in several engineering, environmental and social sciences courses.