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Experts: Quick action needed to prevent Arab region water crisis

(MENAFN – Jordan Times) With people in over 17 Arab countries living well below the water poverty line of 500 cubic metres annually, Arab decision makers on Monday called for coordinated efforts to address the impact of climate change on the limited resource.

Experts said more than 75 per cent of the surface water in the Arab world, most of which is made up of semi-arid or arid land, originates from outside its borders, thus necessitating measures to protect water security and curb future political crises erupting from water shortages.

Speaking at a scientific forum on Arab water security, organised by the Arab Administrative Development Organisation in cooperation with the Dubai police, Arab experts and officials stressed the need to draw up joint strategies to address the gap between supply and demand and improve water management.

Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar highlighted the importance of cooperation among Arab countries to protect their water resources and raise public awareness on the need to ration water consumption.

He called for drawing up strategies to address water challenges and achieve water security in the region by encouraging responsible use of shared water resources.

Jordan Times



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