Water scarcity in the Middle East

One of IHE Delft's focus areas of the coming years will be water scarcity and water problems related to the refugee crises with a specific focus on the Middle East. The work we are doing is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of the DUPC partnership programme. Below you can find a snapshot of our activities related to this subject.

Addressing and reducing water scarcity

IHE Delft and its partners are working on three main areas: 

1. Addressing water scarcity by improved planning and management, including governance
What are the current levels of water scarcity? What are differences supply and demand? Is water reaching the users? What are future levels of water scarcity? What are implications for social stability? How to address water scarcity in regular planning and management? How to deal withdifferent perspectives of water users? How to improve governance structures?

2. Reducing water scarcity by efficient water use, re-use of wastewater and desalinisation of brackish and sea water

What are options for improving agricultural crop productivity? What are options for better waste waste treatment? What are options to reuse water for agriculture and other uses? What are experiences with desalinisation, also for agricultural use? Can we learn from past projects, and use in other regions? What is needed in terms of capacity and institutions?

3. Improving WASH for urban settings under stress of migrants
How to ensure a sustainable use of water available? How to reduce pollution also from human excreta? How to minimise social and environmental impacts? Can technological innovations help? What is needed in terms of capacity and institutions?

On the bottom right side of this page we have listed all current projects related to this theme. Click on the links to find out more.

The projects are co-funded by the DGIS - IHE Delft Programmatic Cooperation (DUPC). For more information about DUPC, click here. The DUPC Regional Committee member for the Middle East is Naser Almanaseer from the Department of Civil Engineering - Water Resources, Al-Balqa' Applied University, Jordan. E-mail: almanaseer@bau.edu.jo

Related links

ARTE documentary on water scarcity
Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook and Professor Pieter van der Zaag were interviewed for a documentary on water scarcity that was aired in July on the French-German educational network ARTE.

Coping with water scarcity COP22 Marrakesh
IHE Delft is a partner with FAO and others who have joined forces to assist member states cope with the impacts of water scarcity in agricultural sectors and along the value chain. The Global Framework is an action-orientated initiative aiming to achieve sustainable food and agriculture systems using a water scarcity lens, providing options that contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The request to contribute to this event demonstrates the standing of IHE Delft within the UNESCO Water Family and beyond, in the UN System.

Refresher Course Water Resources Management and Climate Change: Balancing the extremes "Food-Water Scarcity-Floods"
The food production sector is one of the most affected and vulnerable activities to natural disasters. This may lead to major drastic losses, food shortage and nutritional deficiencies. This Refresher Course will be given from 25 - 30 September 2017.