As part of the project 'Installing and feeding in a photovoltaic system at the sewage treatment plant In Nablus, Palestine', which is being promoted in the partnership between Nablus and Nuremberg, the system was completed and officially inaugurated in April 2018. By using funds sparingly it was possible to design the PV plant with a larger capacity than originally envisaged, which means that it can now deliver more power. In the past the high energy consumption of the sewage treatment plant, caused especially by pumping water up to the higher surrounding area, proved to be one of the greatest challenges. It is now possible to generate a total of 10 to 12 per cent of the energy requirement using the PV system, which creates a certain independence from the public grid. The treated waste water is used amongst other things to irrigate the surrounding olive plantations.
In Jifna the project 'Clean Mary's well' is being implemented together with the partner municipality Bad Oldesloe. The well used to be the only source of water in the village of Jifna. Today, Jifna is also connected to the national water network. To this day, however, water supply in the Palestinian territories remains problematic because water is delivered only on a very irregular basis, which means that people continue to use the well. To protect the well against further contamination, the project is supporting waste water and solid waste disposal and well as awareness-raising measures for the local population. To give the village a facelift the well is being protected and cleared of waste.
As well as visiting the projects, during the mission delegates also stepped up their expert dialogue with other actors of the Germany development cooperation system on how to further develop the projects strategically. They also held presentations on Nakpoa as an instrument for supporting partnerships – for instance at the Representative Office of Germany in Ramallah.
To conclude the mission, together with the Local Governance Reform Programme (LGRP) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) a cooperation capacity-building workshop was held in Jericho on 21 June 2018, which was attended by the Palestinian partner municipalities. The workshop was designed to network the municipalities and present the Service Agency's support instruments – especially Nakopa. The workshop also gave participants an opportunity to present best practice examples and jointly identify factors that help make the implementation of partnership projects with German partners a success.