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Making the Most of Scarcity: Accountability for Better Water Management in the Middle East and North Africa (Orientations in Development)

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Publisher Comments:

Water in the Middle East and North Africa region is a source of major social and economic problems stemming from scarcity, variability, unreliable services, and environmental damage. The situation is likely to become even worse in the future, unless current practices change: by 2050 per capita availability will fall by half, water quality will deteriorate further, and more aquifers will become depleted. Climate change is predicted to worsen the problems by increasing temperatures and causing more droughts and floods.While water professionals have been advocating comprehensive water reforms for years and many countries have improved their water policies and institutions, some of the most politically sensitive elements of reform remain untouched. This report suggests that a series of factors are now emerging that represent a potential opportunity to break this impasse. Turning the potential into reality will depend upon three things: - Adopting reforms that respond to the dynamics of the political economy;- Recognizing that water policies cannot act alone, but that water outcomes are often determined by other sectors, such as trade, agriculture, finance, and energy; and- Choosing policies and practices that make government institutions and service providers more accountable to the public.'Making the Most of Scarcity' will be of interest to readers working in the areas of agribusiness and markets, agriculture, urban and rural development, water supply, and water resources, as well as those responsible for setting policies in the areas of environment, economics, and social protection.

Book News Annotation:

This World Bank publication treats water rather than oil as a critical resource and potential cause of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Extensive data tables and figures are preceded by a review of local and international factors determining resource supply and rights, challenges, and progress in water management. Appendices include data by MENA country, country profiles with water source and use data, and case studies of systems to mitigate risks and area conflicts. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The report shows that the challenges of managing scarce water resources will become even more acute than it has been throughout the regions long history. It aims to set the water management challenges in the development context, showing how water relates to other aspects of the economy. It also acknowledges the political economy aspects of water and adjusts the potential reform agenda according to the forces that drive the politics.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821369258
Author:
World Bank Group
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Manufactured:
World Bank
Subject:
Water-supply
Subject:
Water conservation
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmental - Water Supply
Subject:
Water consumption -- Measurement.
Subject:
Water-supply -- International cooperation.
Subject:
Environmental Engineering-Water Supply
Series:
Mena Development Report
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
235
Dimensions:
9.98x7.04x.55 in. 1.42 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The report shows that the challenges of managing scarce water resources will become even more acute than it has been throughout the regions long history. It aims to set the water management challenges in the development context, showing how water relates to other aspects of the economy. It also acknowledges the political economy aspects of water and adjusts the potential reform agenda according to the forces that drive the politics.
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