Background

The Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG) was established in 1987 as an independent specialized institution dedicated to develop and protect the water and environmental resources; to insure more public accessibility to adequate water supply sources and sanitary conditions; and to develop a proper information systems and technologies including GIS.

Given the rapidly deteriorating water situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the neglect of basic water supply infrastructure during the mid eighties early nineties and the eruption of Intifada, the Group saw its immediate task as to respond to the emergency situation through carrying out development work and promoting the more effective and efficient use and reuse of existing all type of water resources. Accordingly, the Group undertook activities which included: developing natural springs and using their water for both drinking and agriculture and create job opportunities for the workers who lost their jobs during the Intifada, rehabilitating groundwater wells, developing rain fed catchment systems for enhancing water supply for irrigation and domestic uses, developing local water supply systems and promoting new technologies and techniques on the best practices for water conservation of the scarce resources from both quantity and quality perspectives.

The Group has also tried to address critical local and regional technical, economic, social and political water resource management issues where natural scarcity, pollution threats and the Israeli control over Palestinian water resources have made it potentially one of the world’s most fragile water systems.

Following the signature of Interim Peace Agreement and the creation of Palestinian Water Authority, PHG has modified its role and activities to match the newly emerging situation and developed a multi disciplinary expertise to address all the issues mentioned earlier and even more to address stakeholder engagement processes in decision making as well as promoting their awareness and building their capacity. However, following to the eruption of the second Intifada in 2000, PHG was obliged to respond to the emergency situation and to help secure water for the besieged people across the Palestinian Territory.

Finally, PHG has adopted the environmental integrated approach in all its activities and tried to promote environmental friendly solutions for local problems through developing appropriate water and sanitation technologies that aims at minimizing negative impacts and maximizing the positive ones.

PHG has nearly 65 staff members working on different activities operating out of six offices distributed within the Palestinian Territory and has annual budget of nearly $5 million US$.

 

Our Key People: Capability Matrix

 
  # of Experts Years of Experience
Water Resources Management Experts 3-5 5-10 10-15 15-20 >20
Hydro-Geologists 5
 
 
 
 
 
Groundwater Wells 3  
 
 
 
 
Water Supply System Engineers 5
 
 
 
   
Environmental and Sanitation Engineers 3  
 
 
   
Social Scientists 2  
 
     
Agronomists 2  
 
     
GIS/DSS 2  
 
     
Water Quality 3  
 
     
Stakeholder Processes 2
 
       
Grey water Treatment and Reuse 1
 
       
Renewable Energy 1
 
       
Climate Change 2
 
       
 

Mission

 

PHG is a nongovernment organization strives to remain the lead research and developmental organization in the water sector which contributes to the development of the capacity of water and sanitation practitioners and to the protection and development of local water and environmental resources as well as to ensure just allocation of water and sanitation services to all Palestinian Communities. PHG also strives to contribute in building a civil society and empowers the vulnerable groups, including women, to participate in decision making and to promote the good water governance and the right to water as well as to improve food security for the Palestinian Communities

 

Our Vision

 

PHG is a specialized Palestinian Development Organization form a credible reference to ensure the integrated and sustainable development of water and sanitation sector and is working to enable and promote the right of individual access to clean water, adequate and appropriate services and ensure equity and the involvement of marginalized groups, especially women, in decision-making and is working to consolidate the principles of good governance as well as improve food security in Palestine.

 

Strategic Objectives

 
  1. To promote the adaptation of good local water governance in the water sector in Palestine.
  2. To promote the right based approach and insure equal and just allocation of water as we as the provision of sanitation services to Palestinian communities.
  3. To promote gender mainstreaming within the water sector.
  4. To insure the sustainable management of water and environmental resources in Palestine.