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News AFED Announces its Annual Conference on 4-5 November 2010 in Beirut: "Water: Sustainable Management of a Scarce Resource"

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) announced that its Annual Conference will convene in Beirut on 4-5 November 2010. The conference will debate a comprehensive report on water, being prepared by AFED experts. The report, highlighting the need for more sustainable management of a scarce resource, is the third in a State of Arab Environment series published by AFED. It follows the publication of two reports, Arab Environment: Future Challenges in 2008 and Impact of Climate Change on Arab Countries in 2009, which were highly acclaimed.


AFED's Secretary General Najib Saab explained that, "Policy recommendations will be prominent throughout the report, leading to reforms necessary to develop a sustainable water sector in the Arab region." Describing the water dilemma in Arab countries, Saab said that "Per capita share of water is declining due to swift increase in population, major water sources are from outside Arab borders or shared, and most available water resources are already developed," adding that "needs exceed availability, which requires rational use of available sources in all sectors and developing new sources, such as desalination and rain harvesting."


Edited by Dr. Mohamed El-Ashry, former chief of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the AFED water report will be a joint effort of leading experts and research centers across the region and beyond.


AFED Annual conference has become the major environmental gathering in the Middle East, due to the timely themes discussed and the wide spectrum of participants, representing major players from the private and public sectors, along with civil society, academia and media.

Contact information AFED (email:
Phone: +961 1 321 800 ; Fax: +961 1 321 900
News type Inbrief
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Source of information AFED
Keyword(s) Water Sustainable Management, water scarcity
Geographical coverage Lebanon
News date 16/03/2010
Working language(s) ARABIC , ENGLISH , FRENCH