Taking a uniquely interdisciplinary view of the Eastern Mediterranean region's water problems, this book considers some of the technical and regulatory solutions being proposed or implemented to solve the difficulties of diminished or polluted water supplies. Stressing the importance of traditional and historical cultural understanding in addressing the water crisis, the authors demonstrate that what is required is an integrated legal, social and scientific management system appropriate to each country's stage of development and their cultural heritage. Using case studies from Lebanon, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Greece, Jordan and Cyprus, the authors focus on the urgency of the present crisis faced by each country and the need for cooperation. The suggested solutions also serve as a paradigm for the rest of the world as it faces similar issues of water shortage.

part |2 pages

Part I: The Cultural Background

chapter 1|24 pages

Losing Paradise: The Water Crisis in the Mediterranean

ByGail Holst-Warhaft

chapter 2|24 pages

Water Policy as a Gospel of Redemption

ByGaspar Mairal

chapter 3|34 pages

Water, Culture, and Civilization in the Italian Mediterranean

ByEriberto Eulisse

part |2 pages

Part II: Law, War, and Water

chapter 4|20 pages

The Right to Have Water: Or an Obligation to Provide It?

ByKeith Porter

chapter 5|16 pages

Water Resources and Conflict in Lebanon

ByNadim Farajalla

part |2 pages

Part III: Managing a Scarce Resource

chapter 6|16 pages

Options for Sustainable Water Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas

Byand Semi-Arid Areas Tammo Steenhuis

chapter 8|16 pages

Water Loss Management in Cyprus

BySymeon Christodoulou

chapter 9|8 pages

Water and Geology in the Mediterranean

ByGeorge Stournaras

chapter 10|12 pages

Water Conservation in Egypt

ByNicholas S. Hopkins