Water reuse in the Arab world : from principle to practice - voices from the field

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Arab nations have historically played a lead role in the development of innovative water solutions with noteworthy achievements including global leadership in desalination, dam infrastructure and drip irrigation. Nonetheless, the challenge of optimizing water management remains an important priority across the Arab world. Until recently, planned wastewater management in the Arab region focused on the conventional objectives of protecting public health and the environment. Pervasive water scarcity, urbanization and the increasingly obvious impacts of climate change however led to a shift in local perceptions of the importance of properly capturing and using reclaimed water. This report thus: information summarizes principal messages and priorities on water reuse as communicated by Arab water experts in papers and presentations prepared for the consultation (provided in the CD attached) and (ii) provides an overview of the current status and future potential of water reuse across the Arab region, as described by local experts and institutions.

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