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.