International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security
Can the current trends in land and water use resources
In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, the tremendous economic advancement that has taken place in the past years has not been matched by a similar process of human development and institutional reform.
The region is reaching critical limits on natural resources, especially water resources, and is now facing challenges to sustain water quantity and quality and meet the rapidly growing demand for water resources. New sources of water such as deep ground water and sea water are being exploited to meet this growing demand. While the exploration of new water resources may help in short term, issues related to policies and institutions and their influence and role on water management and development strategy need to be addressed in order to achieve the goal of a long term sustainable water use and management.
The main objective of this roundtable discussion is to bring together various stakeholders and provide the forum for an open discussion among all the parties on how to best approach the water issues in the region before they become problems with difficult solutions often requiring drastic measures and great sacrifices.
The roundtable aims at addressing the following issues:
The roundtable will be an open debate providing the opportunity to all participants to discuss the issues and identify the constrains, challenges, and opportunities.
The proposed roundtable structure will be as follows:
Roundtable Expected Output
The roundtable is expected to provide:
For further information please contact:
Dr. Zamir Libohova