chapter  12
26 Pages

Water Resources: Use, Constraints and Potential for Cooperation in the Middle East

The Middle East is a prime example of a location where, although water scarcity seriously constrains human development prospects, political borders and historical animosities constrain the rational development and management of the region's water resources-while accelerating population, expanding agriculture, industrialization, and higher living standards demand more fresh water. Drought and pollution limit water availability, and wars and mismanagement squander it.