When:22-Jan-2015. 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where:ADNEC Exhibition Center
Contact:+971 (0)2 65 69 555 / firstname.lastname@example.org [view map]
Audience:Open to the Public
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The aim of our Workshop is to usefully contribute to the development of a legal and institutional framework that provides support for the definition and implementation of a water policy in UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
Emblematic of what is being done in most of the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the government of Abu Dhabi published in November 2013 a White Paper titled “Water resources management: strategy for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.” This document highlights the need to develop a coordination mechanism that monitors the development of the strategy required and the first steps of implementing a plan pending the establishment of a Water Council. The GCC even took the initiative of creating a Water committee in order to collect data to support future legislation from its member states, and make proposals for a common framework of reference regarding potential unified water resource policies. The situation in the Gulf region is indeed critical. Just for the UAE alone in 2013 the volume of consumed water was more than 3.5 billion m3. According to the Abu Dhabi Statistics Center, this demand comes from several sectors that depend either on groundwater which includes agriculture, forestry and public facilities (71%) or water desalination which includes domestic consumption (16%), Business industry (4%) and administration (7%). Taking into account all sectors, overall losses in water represent a volume of 20 to 30%. As the resident populations of the GCC countries could more than double before 2030 with two decades of continuous economic growth which includes a continuous diversification forecast with the contribution of the non-oil sectors passing from 41 % of the gross national product in 2007 to 64 % in 2030. To face these terms of expected growth, the government intends to endow the country with a revitalized water policy.
In that perspective, our workshop aims to give the legal and institutional issues of water policy a relevant forum that is often denied by offering international expertise who will address the specific environmental issues of the UAE such as water resources, geographical space and environmental constraints, sectorial distribution and production, governance and administrative structure, and social and cultural profile.