INWRDAM is an inter-governmental, autonomous organization operating under the umbrella of the Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Over 1.6 billion of the of the world population is Muslims, counting about 23.4%, spread over the five continents with regional variation mainly concentrated in Asia and North Africa, 2011. Enormously embracing Islam as a common faith, Muslims are resourceful and rich in heritage and culture, in particular science and technology historically. One can refer to Wikipedia history of Islamic science:History_of_Islamic_science, to discover the contributions to human civilization.
With this kind of legacy crowning the past, the Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM) strives forward as a technical arm for the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation OIC and its sub-ordinate the standing committee on science and technology (COMSTECH).
INWRDAM was established by the OIC/ COMSTECH in 1987. The headquarters of INWRDAM are located in Amman and hosted by the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. As a think tank it focuses on policy and applied research and conducts dialogues, through which it seeks to advance ideas concepts and policy directions, to assist the policy making and program formulation processes in the member countries towards shaping and augmenting water resources development and management.
INWRDAM is a non-political and non-profit autonomous body having international legal status.
Water gives life and every life is made of water. Every human being should have access to safe water for drinking, appropriate sanitation and enough food and energy. With the increase of population the amount of fresh water is becoming scarce throughout the world in general and in many of the Ummah countries in particular. About a billion people face water shortages in the world today and this figure is expected to double in the next twenty-five years. In the face of such challenge, provision of adequate water to meet the basic human needs must be made in an equitable manner that works in harmony with nature. Water must, therefore, be managed and used in the most appropriate manner in both quantitative and qualitative terms without jeopardizing the interest of any member of the society and the nature as well. The Islamic countries are aware of the importance of water for the continuous development of the Ummah. The Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM) like all other International Organizations dealing with water, attaches utmost importance to efficient and effective development and management of water resources.
Autobiography of Dr. Murad Jabay Bino (2018)
Murad Jabay Bino was born in Sweileh, Jordan in 1942 and obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1983 from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, United kingdom and obtained in 1978 an MS degree in Fuels Technology and Power Engineering at the Queen’s University of Belfast and obtained a Diploma degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Aston, Birmingham, UK in 1977. He obtained also a BS degree in Chemistry-Physics at the Materials Engineering and Physical Sciences of the American University of Cairo in 1972. He established the Fuels and Lubricants Laboratory at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) of Jordan in 1979. In 1985 he was seconded to Jordan Army as an expert responsible for commissioning its water treatment facilities of a major Army Armor Rebuilt Facility. He was appointed Director of the Industrial Chemistry Research Centre of RSS from 1985 to 1989. During 1987 to 1989 he was involved in helping local industries comply with environmental regulations in Jordan and was responsible for design and implementation of a number of industrial wastewater treatment plants for various metal, textile and garment industries in Jordan. He also established a number of national environmental surveillance programs for surface water, major crop failure studies in JV is 1991, monitoring water quality in dams and industrial facility discharges through out Jordan and some are still in operation. In 1989 he was appointed as Director of the Environment Research Centre of RSS during which he initiated a number of studies among which was heading a team of experts to draft the Jordan Environment Protection Law that was later approved by the Parliament. In 1991-1993 he was delegated to World Bank project as Director of Industrial Pollution Control Project in Jordan and was involved in design of national hazardous waste disposal site that included hazardous wastewater treatment facilities. In 1993 he became an Eisenhower Multi National Exchange Program Fellow (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and during that fellowship he was awarded the 1993 Philip D. Reed Fellow on energy, environment and minority advancement issues. He was also elected in February 2012 as the first Chairman of the Board of Jordanian Association of Eisenhower Fellows.
He was appointed in 1994 to date as the Executive Director of the Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM). In this position he promotes science and technology cooperation programs and initiatives dealing with development and wise management of water resources among the 19 network member states of INWRDAM. He was elected in 2010 as Director on the Board of the International Water Resources Association, Montpelier, France for the term of 2011-2013. He is also member of the 2012-2013 Board for Science and Technology Award Fund operated by the Ministry of Higher Education of Jordan. Lately he was appointed as member of the expert group on implementation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Science and Technology for Industrial Development in Muslim Countries. He is a member of the US-Muslim-Summit International Committee for the “Cities and Regions Conventions”. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on water science and technology and wrote books, edited and co-edited a book on Water Management in Islam, published by United Nations University Press in 2001 that was translated since then into six languages including English.
The mission of INWRDAM is to foster closer cooperation among the countries of the Muslim Ummah in the field of development and management of water resources. In pursuit of this mission, it seeks to generate ideas and policy directions through intensive dialogue, studies and research on a continuing basis. The primary objectives of INWRDAM are as follows:
- To collaborate and cooperate in the areas of common interest with a view to help each other in building up the national capability of its member States in the field of integrated water resources development and management for overall economic development;
- To exchange knowledge and information, share experiences and maintain continuing dialogue related to water resources development and management in the Ummah countries;
- To set up and maintain a data bank relating to water resources development and management for use of its member States taking into account national interests of the member countries;
- To initiate demand driven and need based joint projects of research and development (R&D) and help its member states in the training of quality manpower and render consultancy and advisory services for water resources development and management;
- To maintain liaison and develop partnership with other similar organizations of the world.
- To have all the OIC countries as members in the Network;
- To make its mark in the global arena as the representative organization of the Ummah and make meaningful contributions in all important regional and global deliberations on water resources development and management;
- To establish and maintain an effective network of communication amongst the Ummah countries for dissemination and sharing of knowledge on water management between individuals, institutions, agencies and societies at all appropriate levels;
- To help further advance the process of collaboration among the Ummah countries in order to translate agreed water management principles into action, based on the guidelines established by the Quran and sunnah with partnerships and synergies among the government, citizens and other stakeholders;
- To work closely with the multilateral institutions, particularly the UN system to strengthen water-related policies and programs that enhance water security and to assist member countries, to the extent possible, to address the major challenges in the water sector;
- To help policy makers, organizations, individuals in the member States appreciate that: • Water is the basis for all living ecosystems and habitats and part of an immutable hydrological cycle that must be respected if the development of human activity and well being is to be sustainable:
- Fresh water, a basic human need, is becoming increasingly scarce and needs to be managed efficiently for the sake of all.
- A holistic, systematic approach relying on integrated water resources management must replace the current fragmentation in managing water. This should take account of social, economic and environmental factors and integrate surface water, groundwater and the ecosystems through which they flow.
- For meaningful water management special attention should be paid to the poor, to the role, skills and needs of women and to vulnerable areas such as island States, landlocked countries and desertified areas.
- Effective management of water could become a vehicle for collaboration as much as its absence could be a source of conflict, focusing on conflict resolution.
- Quantity and quality aspects of groundwater management will be as crucial as surface water management in the years ahead.
- Integrated water resources management depends on collaboration and partnerships at all levels, based on a political commitment to, and wider societal awareness of the need for water security and the sustainable management of water resources.
- Promotion of peaceful co-operation and development of synergies between different uses of water at all levels, whenever possible, within and in the case of boundary and trans-boundary water resources between States concerned, through sustainable river basin or aquifer management or other appropriate measures which are essential to provide security from floods, droughts, pollution and other water related hazards.
Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Yemen
All OIC member States and Organizations are urged-invited to join INWRDAM as active members to strengthen its efforts to promote greater collaboration amongst the countries of the Ummah to face the challenges of water security and sustainable management of water resources for a better future. INWRDAM would no doubt be able to do more, much more if more and more OIC countries join it. For information about membership of INWRDAM please contact:
Executive Director of INWRDAM