AGU, Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain: Water Resources Management Professor in the College of Graduate Studies (CGS) at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) Dr Waleed Zubari recently participated in a prominent regional scientific symposium held in the UAE on water security.
Titled "Water Security and Coronavirus", the online symposium was organised by the National Water Centre (NWC) in UAE University and saw the participation of several leading regional and international environment and water resources experts and epidemiologists.
During his participation, Dr Zubari summarised the key challenges and risks facing water security in GCC states, stating that it includes groundwater, its quality deterioration and its loss as a strategic reserve, in addition to the lack of desalination technologies in GCC states, despite that all countries are almost totally dependent on it for the provision of home drinking water. Dr Zubari also mentioned other factors such as not taking full advantage of treated wastewater in GCC countries.
The symposium reviewed the results of several studies conducted on matters related to water security in GCC states and discussed cooperation between them on social, economic and political levels, as well as combatting the challenges emerging from the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Dr Zubari discussed during his participation the impacts of Covid-19 outbreak on water security in GCC states, mentioning that fears are emerging with regards to the spread of the virus through dinking water and sewage networks, in addition to the increase in demand due to the long hours spent by individuals at home due to the quarantine procedures.
The Professor underlined the significance of addressing water security in GCC countries through two perspectives; the developmental perspective to the water sector and the risk-based perspective, adding that these perspectives shall be followed and implemented in an integrated and balanced manner, in order to create an efficient and flexible water management system.
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