Khalil Abu Allan

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: Strengthening The Role of Palestinian Rural Women in the Management of Water Resources in Southern West BankPalestinian Territories

Khalil Abu Allan currently works as a faculty member at Hebron University in the Department of Applied Geography. Khalil holds a master’s degree in human geography, environmental development and water resources, as well as a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in political science. As a versatile scholar in the management and development of water resources at the local and international levels, Abu Allan has developed leadership experience in the role of youth in managing the environment and conserving environmental resources, conservation and management of water resources.

Abu Allan has published his scientific research in several international and local scientific journals on the topics of urban development and environmental planning, water resources management using geographic information systems, the study of vegetation and land cover using remote sensing programs, studies in chemical and biological water properties, and wastewater research in third world regions. He has also managed several research projects, such as Agricultural Environmental Management for Wadi Al-Semin Preliminary Survey of Soil and Groundwater and Agricultural Land in the Southern West Bank, a partnership project between Hebron University and the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he has participated in a project on water characteristics in the Natuv Basin, west of Ramallah, West Bank, in cooperation with Purdue University, Indiana, USA. 

IVLP Impact Award Project: Strengthening the Role of Palestinian Rural Women in the Management of Water Resources in Southern West Bank

This community development project aimed to strengthen and develop the capabilities of Palestinian women in marginalized areas and semi-arid areas on water resources management. This project trained 40 women living in rural areas of the Palestinian Territories through several home visits, seminars, and workshops. Additionally, 15 young women were taught the importance of water conservation in the area, boosting their confidence about teaching their family to combat climate change and protect water resources.

The project combined the promotion of the role of women and the conservation and management of water resources in remote and semi-arid areas, as these areas suffer from marginalization, lack of community development and preservation of water resources.

The project aimed to:
- Inform women about the importance of managing water resources and protecting water resources in the region
- Enhance the role of women in facing climate change, especially fluctuations in the amount of rain and temperature
- Raise awareness among women on the importance of home education in water management
- Emphasize that water and water protection are the sources of lasting stability and safety
- Activate the social role of Palestinian women in water management

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Khalil was a participant in the IVLP Project Water Resources Management, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Khalil's exchange experience led to the development of his IVLP Impact Award Project: "My participation in the IVLP was an important part of my scientific and professional life. I was acquainted with how to manage water resources and with models used in the USA. I met many distinguished friends, professors and specialist scholars. Meridian International Center had an important and great role in this program through cooperation with us."

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Washington, DC; Amherst, MA; Baltimore, MD; Kalamazoo, MI; Las Vegas, NV; El Paso, TX

Location: West Bank

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