…from IRIN News…
“Governments in the Middle East must put aside political differences, rethink water management and revise strategy and policy in using water otherwise the region will face a dire future, scientists have warned at an international conference in Jordan.
“The 1-4 February Amman conference is entitled Food Security and Climate Change in Dry Areas.
“Scientists said the region can no longer afford to waste water, with global warming expected to exacerbate an already existing problem.
“Eddie Bethel, head of ICARDA’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) unit, said: “The predictions for the near future are dire for the entire Mediterranean region. There is a significant increase in temperature and a decrease in precipitation. For the medium future we can expect serious difficulty in the availability of water in improving agriculture in the region”. ”