stakeholders square266x266The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) participated as the partner of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) at the 1st Space4Water Stakeholders Meeting which took on 27 and 28 October 2022 at the Vienna International Centre.

The participants were all stakeholders who participate in the Space4Water Portal, an online platform established by UNOOSA and PSIPW that brings together organizations active in the field to share information on projects, initiatives, satellite missions, software, community portals, capacity building & training material, conferences, workshops, data, as well as news and publications in the sector.

The Stakeholders Meeting was an intensive, interactive two-day workshop so that members of the community could learn from each other’s experience, discuss their respective expectations of the Space4Water Portal and define future activities collaboratively.

PSIPW’s General Secretary Dr. Abdulmalek A. Al Alshaikh and Executive Director Eng. Ali-Wafa Abu-Risheh spoke at workshop’s opening session as the partner of UNOOSA, and gave an overview of the history and vision of the Space4Water Portal.

The portal is the cornerstone of the Space4Water project. This project was inaugurated by an agreement signed in 2016 between the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW).

PSIPW was originally commissioned to develop a prototype of the portal as one of the resolutions published at the United Nations 1st International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management which was held in Riyadh in 2008.

Participants in the workshop included representatives from many national space agencies as well as academic organizations like IHE Delft, and representatives of the private sector and industry involved in the application of space technology for water management.