November 11, 2013
In focus of energy and environment, water is a focal point to sustaining power. Further, water health and safety also rise to great significance in consideration of population demands and agriculture. The energy mix including, fresh water sources are critical to “Water conservation“. At most when the term water conservation is discussed for many it correlates to running water reduction. Water Conservation goes beyond the home and private use to a global focus for global sustainability.
The topic of “Water, an essential resource for human survival and progress, is an issue that will define our times in the world in general and in the Middle East & North Africa (Mena) region in particular. MENA constitutes one of the driest regions in the world and therefore needs to pay greater attention to the issue of proper water management, conserving this precious resource so as to help secure its water supplies for generations through ongoing population and economic growth. Mena countries are home to five per cent of the world population. But the region contains less than one per cent of the world’s annual renewable freshwater. The demand for this critical natural resource in the domestic, industrial and agricultural sectors has exploded in recent decades following a rapid growth in population, urbanization and industrial development,” Oman Daily Observer.
This knowledge of the lack of freshwater, leads to the dominoes of food, health and air factors that overtime has devastating long-term effects on the population and the land.
To understand the importance of Mena is to bring voice to global sustainability. “Like other Mena countries Oman too faces the challenge of managing relatively scarce water resources with continued economic and population growth. Obviously, the need of the hour is to strive to utilise new technologies and new strategies to conserve and expand the supplies of fresh water. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation says each year Oman alone faces a shortage of 300 million cubic metres of water between replenishment and demand. Located in a hot, arid and climatic zone, Oman has average annual rainfall ranging from a few millimetres (mm) in the Najd to 300 mm over the northern mountains. By contrast, the evaporation rate varies from 1,600 mm to over 2,000 mm.”
The need to invest in technologies and education to remediate the lack of access to water and fresh water is a global necessity. Further, water inefficiencies produces food shortages and economic stability. The importance of sustainability is to derive processes and strategies for stabilization to eradicate harms. Sustainability emphasizes new thinking models for long-term successes.
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