ESCWA Population and Development Report, No.1: Water scarcity in the Arab World (E/ESCWA/SDD/2003/12)

This study assesses the severity of freshwater shortages in the Arab region, the impact of such shortages on the population and the challenges that Arab countries face in meeting a growing demand for safe water. The study explores options and strategies available to Governments in controlling scarce freshwater supplies and in managing demand through conservation and the use of efficient technologies. Additionally this report investigates demographic trends in the Arab region with the aim of reducing long-term pressure on water by slowing down population growth and by improving the reproductive healthcare of women, which can contribute to equitable sustainable development.

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