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The Water and Environmental Studies Institute (WESI)


The Water and Environmental Studies Institute (WESI) at An-Najah National ‎University (ANU) was established in June 2001, as a result of upgrading Water ‎and Environmental Studies Center founded in 1994. The main objective of ‎WESI is to serve the Palestinian community's needs in terms of studying, ‎monitoring, describing, controlling, and following up all issues and aspects ‎related to the present and future state of water and environment in Palestine.



WESI is a stand-alone institute that operates within an academic environment ‎and collaborates with government and private sectors, research institutes, and ‎local communities along with inter- national entities to address technical ‎aspects of water and environmental related issues. This is accomplished through ‎field and office research using laboratories, computer   facilities, and office ‎space. 

WESI is one of the major research centers of the Scientific Centers at An-Najah ‎National University. WESI has established relations with a number of ‎Palestinian and international institutions such as the Palestinian Water ‎Authority and the institutes of Environmental and Water Studies in other ‎Palestinian universities, in addition to many international universities and ‎organizations.

WESI focuses on projects that provide both research data for Palestinian ‎researchers in the environmental field and services to the local community such ‎as environmental training or equipment at a very low cost. ‎

WESI activities (e.g. research, education, and outreach) are funded through ‎university, projects, research grants, environmental and water laboratory tests ‎and contracts from different sources.‎

WESI offers a number of ‎services to the Palestinian community for free or at ‎cost price such as:‎

  • Opportunities to conduct scientific research on water resources ‎management, ‎wastewater treatment, renewable energy ‎production and water quality ‎monitoring and the effect of ‎Agricultural and industrial activities on it.‎

  • Training workshops on environmental preservation and water ‎treatment for ‎farmers, women, teachers and other categories of ‎the local community.‎

  • Comprehensive tests to assess groundwater, wastewater and the ‎agricultural and ‎industrial products at the cost price.‎

  • Providing a database of some environmental variables to develop ‎water and ‎environmental policies.‎

  • Assessment studies of the environmental impacts of the ‎existing and new ‎projects.‎