High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge

Categories: Dialogue Snapshots,Regional Policy Dialogues,Resource Resiliency

May 2014.

Often overshadowed by its political turmoil, the Middle East faces increasing environmental and resource-based challenges, such as depleting water resources. Recognizing the need to find possible collective solutions, the Hollings Center and the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies at the University of Central Florida convened a conference to address challenges and opportunities in conservation, and analyze prospects for and obstacles to cooperation on water issues. To that end, the organizers brought together a diverse group of 20 experts that includes academics, scientists, regional water specialists, private sector representatives, and policymakers from the region and the international community. Our report presents the discussed recommendations of solutions for governments and the private sector in the region and beyond.

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