Quantitative Water Management
In 2005 the PA International Foundation established the Sultan Qaboos Academic Chair for Quantitative Water Management at Utrecht University. Since its founding, Prof. Dr Ruud Schotting continues to substantially contribute to both education and research. The latter strongly focuses at the innovative ‘bio-sealing’ project jointly with Deltares.
Among the many accomplishments are technical solutions to water-related problems in developing countries and, more specifically, the award-winning development of manmade subsurface aquifers. PA and partners funded the Academic Chair in its first five years; following that, His Majesty the Sultan of Oman endowed the Chair with substantial funding. Cooperation has expanded between the Academic Chair and the Omani Ministry of Water Resources and Regional Municipalities and Sultan Qaboos University. This now leads to practical (test) projects in several countries. At the invitation of H.E. Suharso Monoarfa, (then) Member of the Presidential Advisory Council and current Minister of BAPPENAS (Planning), a project is currently being prepared for Indonesia. The targeted results include the substantial increase of harvests throughout the dry season and the creation of alternatives for pumping drink water for major cities such as Jakarta, which sinks 1-15 centimeters per year on average – causing substantial risk of flooding.