Download logo It is imperative to scale up policies and investments in the Middle East and North Africa to make water use in agriculture more sustainable and efficient and to ensure that all the people in the region have access to healthy diets, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. “Here in the Middle East and North Africa region, water scarcity is certainly one of the main challenges for agriculture production and development,” he told agriculture ministers and private sector representatives at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Investment Forum in Oman. The region has some of the lowest levels of freshwater in the world, and these mainly underground, non-renewable stocks are being depleted. Freshwater has reduced by 60 percent in the last four decades and is expected to fall a further 50 percent by 2050. Agriculture accounts for 85 percent of the water use, and it will likely be the hardest hit by further shortages. Graziano da Silva also urged … [Read more...] about Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls for policies and investments targeting sustainable water use in the Middle East and North Africa
Water problems in the middle east
Updated 0239 GMT (1039 HKT) July 12, 2018 (CNN)In one of the hottest, driest places on earth, water is so scant it needs to be filtered from the sea. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the world's most water-scarce region, with 17 countries below the water poverty line set by the United Nations. Much like money spent from an overdrawn bank account, water in the region is being withdrawn faster than it can be replenished, meaning MENA countries are essentially "living beyond their means." This is the finding of a recent World Bank report, which outlines how the region can move beyond water scarcity to greater water security. Home to six percent of the world's population, yet just one percent of the world's freshwater resources, the report found that the MENA region needs to take critical action to narrow the gap between water supply and demand. Photos: The Middle East and North Africa's battle against water scarcity Water scarcity – Earth's surface … [Read more...] about Can the Middle East solve its water problem?
Shira Rubin Special to USA TODAY Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jun 29, 2018 TEL AVIV, Israel – When visitors enter the Middle East’s first natural history museum here next week, they'll spot a dramatic re-creation of the Great Bird Migration, when a half-billion birds make a stopover in Israel's Hula Valley en route from Europe to Africa. The ultra-modern museum designed like Noah's Ark "is a symbol of conservation and of bringing all the world’s animals together,” said Tamar Dayan, who chairs the $40 million Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, set to open Monday in Tel Aviv. The 100,000-square-foot museum is a tribute to Israel’s indigenous flora and fauna, as well as a battle cry for preservation, as climate change, urban development and man-made devastation wreak havoc on the region’s rich ecosystems, according to the curators. “It’s unusual to have a museum established in the 21st century, but this is the … [Read more...] about The Middle East’s first natural history museum is designed like Noah’s Ark
By Dennis McCarthy | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm | UPDATED: May 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm If there is a front line in this never-ending war in the Middle East, Air Force Lieutenant Col. Dena Delucia, a Bronze Star recipient, is on it. Not with a weapon, but with an olive branch. She’s already served three tours of duty in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, and this September she leaves for her fourth — back to Iraq where she works in civil affairs. She leads a team that goes into small villages and towns, where the local people have more urgent matters on their minds than who will ultimately control the fate of their country. They don’t have the time to worry about it because most of them won’t be alive to see it if conditions in their village don’t change fast. “You’re in a small town in the middle of a Third World country where many people are dying and violently ill, and they don’t know why or what to do,” … [Read more...] about After three tours of duty in the Middle East, for this veteran service still comes from the heart
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments National by Scott Wilson May 22 at 6:55 PM Email the author The site of a future housing development in Houston. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/For The Washington Post) HOUSTON — There was a golf course across from the house on Kemp Forest Drive that Andrew Taylor recently bought with his girlfriend. Hilly and dotted with ponds, Pine Crest Country Club was shabby around the edges, but in this city of floods and footloose building … [Read more...] about Fresh from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, Houston starts to build anew — in the flood plain