ICBA Groundwater Governance Review and Analysis

Job Summary
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), based in Dubai, is an international center undertaking applied research and development. Originally established in 1999 as a research and development institute focusing on the problems of salinity and using saline water for irrigated agriculture, ICBA’s work addresses the closely linked challenges of water, environment, income, and food security.

The Center’s applied research for development aims to address the agricultural challenges in marginal environments including assessment of natural resources, climate change adaptation, crop productivity and diversification, aquaculture and bio-energy, and policy analysis. Currently, ICBA is working on a number of technology developments including the use of conventional and non-conventional water (such as saline, treated wastewater, industrial water, agricultural drainage, and seawater); water and land management technologies; as well as remote sensing and modeling for climate change adaptation.  Building capacity and sharing knowledge is another important part of what ICBA does and the Center’s vision is to establish itself as a Global Center of Excellence for innovative agriculture in saline and marginal environments.
ICBA’s work reaches countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), South and South East Asia, sub Saharan Africa and Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Many of those we serve are in the least developed areas in the world where enhancing agricultural practices and increasing productivity goes a long way in alleviating poverty and improving food security for the most marginal populations.
Understanding water policy and governance in these water stressed areas is particularly important given the naturally arid conditions. In many of the countries ICBA works in falling groundwater levels are bringing additional water stress, yet use and over-abstraction are little controlled. Countries within MENA are able to learn from international and regional experiences in governance and policy measures that were successful or otherwise in controlling groundwater use. This consultancy work will add to this body of knowledge.
Job Responsibilities
The purpose of this assignment is to undertake a review of Abu Dhabi Emirate’s water governance and policy framework and to examine in detail the Liwa Oasis. 

Envisioned Tasks under this assignment include:
  1. Review available literature on Abu Dhabi water resources over the last forty years.
  2. Examine the current water resources situation in Abu Dhabi including both natural and non-conventional water systems. 
  3. Explore academic literature on water policy and governance to determine the changing frameworks of reference used by the international water community over the last thirty years.
  4. Analyse the changes in water policy and governance in Abu Dhabi Emirate over time to understand international and local influences, including an assessment of different actors, changing roles of the state and private sectors, and of the public and their relationship with water.  
  5. Examine the literature on Liwa Oasis, in terms of hydrogeology, patterns of water use, changes in farming practices and their influence on groundwater systems 
  6. Review  available field notes n farmers’ ideas on current and future water use in the Liwa Oasis. 
Qualifications and Experience


  1. An extended chapter overview of the proposed reports on a) Abu Dhabi Emirate and b) Liwa Oasis. 
  2. A detailed report on the water governance and policy developments in Abu Dhabi Emirate involving extensive analysis of the implications of the historical and current conditions.
  3. A detailed report on the water governance and policy developments in the Liwa Oasis involving extensive analysis of the implication of the historical, current and future conditions. 
  Time-line: 15 working days to be undertaken during the month of August. The consultant is expected to conduct this assessment remotely and does not have to travel to Dubai.   Consultants should submit their proposals to the Water Policy and Governance Scientist at ICBA, Dr Rachael McDonnell, using this email address; r.mcdonnell@biosaline.org.ae  by 5:00 pm (U.A.E local time), on or by 9th August 2015. Queries should also be addressed to Dr McDonnell at the above mentioned email address.
Post Date
4 أغسطس 2015
Vacancy Type
Closing Date
9 أغسطس 2015
International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai, UAE
Report To
Head of Climate Change Modeling Adaptation Section
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