Faculty of Civil Engineering

MENAWAT – Enhancement of higher education on managed aquifer recharge in the MENA water sector

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is one of the most water-stressed worldwide and consequently sustainable management of its water resources is essential. The nature-based solutions of managed aquifer recharge (MAR), including riverbank filtration (RBF) and other techniques, is recognized as an increasingly important strategy in MENA to mitigate water scarcity.  


The overarching aim of MENAWAT is to strengthen the education and research cooperation in the field of water management, specifically managed aquifer recharge (MAR) and riverbank filtration (RBF), between the Division of Water Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTW Dresden/HTWD) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the German-Jordanian University in Amman (GJU) and with the Department of Earth Sciences and Environment at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the Abdelmalek Essaâdi University (AEU; Université Abdelmalek Essaadi) in Tetouan and Tangier, Morocco. Thereby, the cooperation on MAR/RBF is envisaged to be strengthened with non-higher education institutions (non-HEIs) and other stakeholders, such as research organisations, decision making and regulatory authorities and civil society. The MENAWAT Project is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office within the programme “Ta’ziz Science Cooperations” (DAAD grant no. 57682821).


  • Establishment of a Jordanian-German Competence Team for Managed Aquifer Recharge

  • Development of a special region-specific elective lecture-series on MAR/RBF 

  • Organisation of training courses (e.g. summer school) on MAR

  • Further development of a MAR/RBF demonstration site in Jordan and in the R'mel coastal aquifer in Morocco

  • Development of a concept for improvement in institutional collaboration with non-HEIs in Jordan and Morocco to enhance the application of MAR

MENAWAT project partners

  • HTW Dresden, Division of Water Sciences (HTWD / consortium coordinator)
  • German-Jordanian University, School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management, Amman, Jordan (GJU)

  • Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tangier, Morocco (AEU)

  • Agence du Bassin Hydraulique du Loukkos (AHBL, Hydraulic Basin Agency of Loukkos, Tetouan, Morocco)