The challenge of water security is growing globally. Achieving and sustaining water security, in both developed and developing countries, is likely to increase in complexity and priority as climate change intensifies, but also as the demands of economic growth increase. For most MENA countries that were already facing water security and major social, health and economic challenges before COVID-19, this additional pressure is particularly excruciating. Like COVID-19 and climate change, water scarcity in MENA is a global problem that requires collective action. There is no more urgent time to address the MENA’s water crisis than now, when people are constantly being reminded to use water to combat the spread of the virus.
ISID Professor of Practice Jamal Saghir and Yasmina El Amine address this issue in the Institute's latest policy paper, "Preparing for a Looming Water Crisis: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa Countries".
The full paper is available online.