GCC water resources link vital: Al Sada
March 03, 2014 - 3:30:23 am
DOHA: With one of the highest level of per capita water consumption in the water-stressed GCC region, the interconnection of its water resources has become inevitable to ensure water security, the Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada said yesterday.
“In GCC, water has a strategic dimension due to challenges faced by the member countries,” he said in a statement on the eve of Arab Water Day.
“Water scarcity is accompanied by per capita consumption average which is one of the highest in world. GCC water interconnection is a must now to overcome water security threats,” he said in the statement issued by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa).
He said water issues occupy a top place among interests and concerns of Arab countries as they directly affect people’s lives
“Water is so vital for life as every living thing is made out of water. It is the key element in all aspects of development and the guarantee for a better life.
“The Arab region suffers water scarcity. Other countries have control over their water resources. Lack of rain in some countries threatens development and life continuity.”
Water scarcity and the need to provide water resources for the coming generations pushed the Arab Water Ministerial Council to adopt an Arab water security strategy to face challenges and requirements of sustainable development.
“Today, Qatar, along with Arab countries, celebrates Arab Water Day. It reflects the key role water plays in development and progress.
“Following directives of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar supports Arab efforts to address water challenges to ensure the sustainability of resources for the coming generations,” he added.
“Qatar also endeavours to promote the role of the water sector within the fast-track development and economic progress in Qatar which is one of the world fastest growing economies.”
He said the ministry, represented in Kahramaa, has set plans for the development of water sector utilities amid the increasing demand for water which is one of world’s highest due to the increasing number of projects implemented in Qatar.
“Kahramaa celebrates Arab Water Day themed “Water is our life, and the future of our generations, let’s think sustainability”. It recognises the key role water plays in achieving sustainable development and supporting the economic and urban development Qatar is witnessing,” Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, President, Kahramaa, said in a separate statement.