Managing Water for Peace in the Middle East; Alternative Strategies

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United Nations University Press, 1995 - Water resources development - 309 pages
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One of the most important resources for socio-economic development in arid and semi-arid countries is water, and its scarcity in the Middle East has been a key factor in war and peace-making. The aim of this study is to provide some innovative technological answers to the fundamental questions of how to sustain the water supply - now and for the future. The author evaluates several non-conventional approaches that have the potential to resolve this persistent problem, and thus contribute towards peace among the water users in the Middle East. The author highlights the economic and environmental gains of co-generation applications and the political, economic, and technical viability of the strategic use of such sources as brackish water, seawater, and reclaimed waste water. A variety of alternatives on the transboundary transport of water are also described in full detail. The book also features a plan for the joint development of the Jordan River, Dead Sea, and Aqaba region.

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