The 2nd Wetskills in Oman took place from 15 to 25 March 2019. 24 local and international young professionals and students from the water sector worked together in 5 teams on real-life water cases, formulated and supported by local and international case owners. The finals were organised aligned to the World Water Day Celebration at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat.
At the Awarding Ceremony, the jury congratulated all teams with the teamwork and the out-of-the-box solutions they presented. The winning team worked on Case 2, finding a solution for Groundwater resources management for future water resilience.
True Value of Water (TVW) – Team 2 worked on a PDO case to develop a straightforward and easy to implement method to assist water authorities to better characterize and allocate available groundwater resources in the Sultanate of Oman. What they developed is method based on a single, meaningful monetary unit, the True Value of Water (TVW). This new method quantifies the monetary value of aquifers, linked to costs – the value of the energy required – to desalinate water.
A very enriching international experience – One of the participants said: “Generally, I think that wetskills is a very enriching experience in all ways as I will get to learn from many individuals about problems all around the world and the way they are tackled in their societies, which can open doors for us in Oman and allow us to tackle our problems better.”
Wetskills forever – “Wetskills-Oman 2019 will be a memory I will cherish forever and looking forward to seeing everyone again in the future.” wrote one of the participants.