Every country in the Arab world is on the verge of a worrying water problem, with supply not enough to meet demand. Out of a total of 22 countries, 15 have been declared “water poor” by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the situation in seven others described as “deteriorating”.
UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) director Dr Ghaith Fariz said a plan to regenerate water sources across the Arab world has achieved a success rate of 37 per cent. “Our current water resources will drop by 20pc in 2030, with reclamation being one of the main reasons,” he said at a press conference after the launch of the UNDP-RBAS report on water governance at the Sheraton Hotel (Bahrain).
Only 1.2pc of the Arab world is made up of water.
“It is worrying and needs to be addressed. We have taken measures for cost effectiveness and they have proved successful, but more has to be done as the population grows,” said Dr Fariz.
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