The overarching aim of the BMBF founded SMART joint project, whose third phase started in February 2015, is to develop an integrated water resources management (IWRM) in the lower Jordan rift valley (LJRV). In the previous phase (SMART II), the potential and challenges of an implementation of membrane technologies for the treatment of highly saline spring-, well- or ground waters on a local level have been studied on an innovative small scale pilot plant. Agricultural irrigation, ground water recharge and drinking water supply have been identified as possible application areas. Within the SMART-MOVE project, we will elaborate a conclusive handbook on brackish water treatment with membrane technologies, including technology analysis and planning of desalination plants as well as questions related to sustainability i.e. brine disposal and waste management. In collaboration with key decision holders and with a focus on basic knowledge adapted to local conditions, the handbook should provide a quick work of reference and standards for brackish water desalination in semi-arid regions.