This article is significant news in the MENA region; the most water-scarce region in the world, where desalination plants are for some time now ‘run of the mill’ urban furniture. An improvement in the filtering membrane would have a financial impact on the running costs of these plants. It could encourage the inception of more […]
Of all the conflicts affecting the MENA region, that of the Israel – Palestinian one could possibly be the most enduring. Water supply and sanitation in the Palestinian territories are characterized by severe water shortage and are highly influenced by the Israeli occupation. The water resources of Palestine are fully controlled by Israel and the division of groundwater is […]
Somebody the other day in their Investment Website introduced his counselling thus : You’ve got rather used to turning on the tap, and having water come out. You probably think that our water supply is fairly reliable. But you’d be wrong. More specifically in the MENA region, the issue has always been throughout the centuries there. Globally, nowadays, water is in a crisis – and it could affect you far sooner than you think. Let’s get this problem into perspective. Start by listing all the things you use water for. You’ll probably quickly add showering, washing clothes, and drinking. But if you think that’s captured your main use of water, I’m afraid you’re entirely wrong. The vast majority of the water you use isn’t in the home at all – it’s “embedded” in the products you buy. For example, it takes nearly two-and-a-half tonnes of water to make one hamburger. This isn’t all drinking water – but it’s still needed for the farming and manufacturing processes. Surprised?
Seriously, the problem is real and who best to explain to us all related than the following.
The UNDP produced this article in 2006 on Water Scarcity Challenges in the Middle East and North Africa by Stockholm International Water Institute.
Water is scarce in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As Allan (2002) noted, the region basically “ran out of water in the 70s”
According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), the MENA region is one of the most water insecure regions of the planet and that “roughly two thirds of the Arab World’s surface water supplies originate outside the region” and as put by Amit Pandya, Stimson Centre Fellow and Cipher Brief expert, would require extensive cooperation between regional countries to manage. Water Security in the MENA region should consequently be at the top of the elites’ agendas and second to none.
Water resources, as aggravated by global climate change, local populations’ explosion, and non-ending regional conflicts, not only continue to outstrip supply but also make it difficult to store and rationally distribute the little of that is available.
Amit Pandya in a write up of August 19th, 2016 that is reproduced below, observed, that perhaps the most important first step will be to “avoid wringing our hands at the impossibility of reversing large scale natural processes and understand water as a resource that is, has been, and should be managed.”
The Centre of Security Discourse and Planning, In 2016,
Some sort of Clean Water Desalination dilemma is on going. Unfortunately like for most good things, desalinated water comes at a fairly high price in terms of amount of energy used usually of the fossil type and its consequent carbon footprint. Ways and methods of alleviating these are being researched throughout the world and this would obviously interest the MENA countries perhaps more than any other countries in the world. . . . At the ballyhooed Paris climate conference (COP21) last December, a little-noticed event occurred that could lead to important developments for electric generators.
EcoMENA, Echoing Sustainability, published on 18 February 2016, an article dedicated to the water aquifers issues as currently witnessed in the MENA. The article highlights possibilities of extinction of the vast aquifers lying underground in notably the North African vast desert. Here it is faithfully reproduced for everyone awareness of these imminently threatening issues. We would […]
Over Half of Abu Dhabi’s Water for agriculture, wastage accounts for a noticeable portion, said the managing director of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Food Security. According to The National UAE on 23 March 2015, of the 56 % of water that is used for agriculture purposes, said Khalifa Al Ali, excessive irrigation, improper irrigation systems and […]