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Looking past the dramatic effects of storm Norma, researchers at the second annual Climate Change Student Competition at the American University of Beirut offered new ideas to tackle the growing issue of water scarcity. Amani Matar, a master's student at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands, was one of the joint winners of the event with a project considering alternative uses for water in the Litani River basin.Currently, water users in the Litani "allocate water in a way to solve urgent issues," Matar told The Daily Star, rather than distributing it in the most efficient manner possible. The academic said her research would consider how water could be allocated between a number of different users, including those in the environmental, domestic, hydropower and agriculture sectors. This year's competition was expanded to students outside AUB, a move Farajallah said would open up the competition to more diverse research and increase its impact.
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