369 pages, 136 illus
Summarizes the study results on water in the Middle East and North Africa by several leading research groups. Contents include: Water Resources; Water Protection; Water Management; and Water as Source of Conflict.
From the reviews: "This book is one of the few so far dealing with the very 'hot' topic of water resources in one of the most densely populated drought-prone areas of the world - already a source of tension and political conflict. ! the technical quality of the book is fine and authors and editors have been attentive to the layout of graphics and tables, making these easy to read. ! It is to the merit of the editors to have provided the community with this overview ! ." (Environmental Geology, Vol. 46 (8), 2004) "The Middle East has water problems caused by the scarcity of water coupled with the high growth rates of population. ! This book presents a comprehensive overview of the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa. The water problem is described and discussed in four main chapters and different case studies, contributed by 39 scientists. ! the book addresses experts as well as the interested public." (Tom Van Nieuwerburgh, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 28 (1-2), 2006)
From the contents: Water Resources: Natural Scarcity of Water Resources in the Semi-arid and Arid Middle East and its Economical Implications; The Jordan River; Hydrology and Management of Lake Kinneret Aimed at Water Quality Protection; The Water Crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean and its Relation to Global Warming; Water Resources, Protection and Management in Palestine.- Water Protection: Groundwater Vulnerability Mapping in the Arab Region; Intermittent Water Supply and Domestic Water Quality in the Middle East; Sewage Water Treatments and Reuse in Israel.- Water Management: Water Resources Management in Palestine; Ecosan - Introduction of Closed-Loop Approaches in Wastewater Management and Sanitation; Efficient Groundwater Management for Organizations with a Small Financial Budget.- Water as Source of Conflict: Water Conflict and Water Management in the Middle East; Syria and Turkey in Water Diplomacy; Water Issue among the Riparian States of Euphrates and Tigris Transboundary Rivers.
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