Water in Israel: Innovation, Research and Technology

Due to climate change, Mediterranean countries must renew the way they manage their water resources. It implies technical and political changes. In order to be fully efficient in the long term, these changes must respect sustainable development constraints. It explains why practical applications are still rare, except in Israel and some EU countries such as France.

In this context, the French Embassy in Israel and the Office for Scientific and Academic Cooperation of the French Institute of Israel organize a forum about the hot topic of water in Israel, in relationship with the Israeli Ministry of Water and Energy, the University Ben-Gurion of the Negev, Veolia Environment, the “Fondation Partager le Savoir”, the “Agence Française de Développement” (AFD), the Arte TV channel and the “Centre de recherches français de Jérusalem” (CRFJ).

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PROGRAM

PART I  Projection of the movie A Thirsty World by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Thursday, 18th April 2013 – Projection of the movie A Thirsty World at Tel-Aviv’s Cinematheque

19.00-19.15 Opening by the French Ambassador in Israel, Mr Christophe Bigot

19.15-20.45 Projection of the movie A Thirsty World, by Yann Arthus-Bertrandin French with Hebrew subtitles

Shot in around 20 countries, A Thirsty World reveals the mysterious and fascinating universe of water, through sumptuous aerial images and inquiries into the lives of those who lack of this resource. A Thirsty World is one of the last movies by Yann-Arthus Bertrand, world famous photographer and United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador.

20.50-21.45 Presentations and questions of the public. A representative of the Israeli Water Authority, Mr Abraham Tenne, will review the issues raised by the lack of water resources in Israel and the solutions to face it. The President of Veolia Environment Israel, Mr Henri Starkman, will present the industrial solutions applied in France and in Israel to challenge the water issue. Simultaneous translation in Hebrew.

Reservation: Tel-Aviv's Cinematheque, 03-5157929

Friday, 19th April 2013 – Projection of the movie A Thirsty World at the French Institute of Nazareth

19.30 Projection of the movie in French with Arabic subtitles

Reservation: French Cultural Center of Nazareth, 04-6569998

Sunday, 21st April 2013 – Projection of the movie A Thirsty World at the French Institute of Haifa

19.00 Projection of the movie in French with Hebrew subtitles

20.30 A representative of Veolia Environment, Mr Marc Azuelos, will present the industrial solutions applied in France and in Israel to challenge the water issue. Professor Aviv Shaviv, Head of the water Department at the Technion, will expose the scientific issues.

Reservation: French Cultural Center of Haifa, 04-8331577

Monday, 22nd April 2013 – French Institute of Beer-Sheva

21.00 Projection of the movie in French with Hebrew subtitles at Negativ movie theater, University of Ben-Gurion, building n°26

Free entry. More information here.

PART II – Series of lectures

Monday, 22nd April 2013 – French Institute of Tel-Aviv

19.30 Lecture in French by Dr. Vincent Lemire on “La gestion de l’eau potable dans la région de Jérusalem : enjeux technologiques, archéologiques et historiques

20 NIS - Reservation: French Institute of Tel-Aviv, 03-7968000

Tuesday, 23rd April 2013 – French Institute of Tel-Aviv

19.00 Projection of the documentary film in French Le Dessous des Cartes : Le Canal Mer Rouge – Mer Morte, followed by a lecture in French by Dr. Sébastien Boussois on the economic, ecological and political issues of the Red Sea – Dead Sea Canal project

20 NIS - Reservation: French Institute of Tel-Aviv, 03-7968000

Sunday, 28th April 2013 – Ben-Gurion University

18.00 Lecture by Prof. Eilon Adar: “Applying advanced technologies  to overcome water scarcity  – The Israeli experience”

In Hebrew. Free entry. 
Helen Diller Family Center building (74), room 109.

PART III – First French-Israeli Colloquium on Water Production and Waste-water Treatment

Tuesday, 28th May 2013 – Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research

French and Israeli scientists specialized in water production and treatment will expose their researches and discuss the solutions in-progress.

Four questions will be addressed in four consecutive colloquial sessions:

1. Industrial waste water;

2. Domestic waster water;

3. Subsurface water;

4. Sea water.

The colloquium will take the form of a “lab show”, similar to a mini-TED (www.ted.com) meeting format.

A representative of Veolia Environment will also expose the challenges faced by the industry.

More information on: http://w3.bgu.ac.il/ziwr/index.htm

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Program also available in French and Hebrew: Water Forum_Flyer.
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