DOHA: The Second Arab Water Conference opens in Doha today under the theme “Toward the Rational Management of Water Resources in Arab Countries - Sustainable and Creative Solutions to Meet Current Challenges.”
The three-day event is being held under the auspices of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) in cooperation with the Arab Ministerial Water Council.
Many high-level delegations representing Arab states are already in Qatar, having participated in many of the pre-conference sessions.
The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, will attend the opening session at 9am.
Papers on a variety of topics will be presented at the conference. One of the first sessions of the day will feature a discussion on the state of drinking water quality and ways to improve standards and maintain high quality of drinking water, given the highly competitive nature of the sector.
Corrosion in the potable water distribution system is also a major concern and one of the sessions will address this challenge within a market context, as well as look at factors affecting concrete barriers used in reinforcing dams.
Food safety will be a major topic of discussion within the overall context of the Arab Water Conference’s first day, with innovative techniques for water harvesting for agriculture, trickle irrigation methods, furrow irrigation and surface runoff water utilisation all being addressed.
One of the key sessions will be a panel debate at 6.30 pm today, which will be moderated by Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiya, chairman of Qatar National Food Security Programme. This will feature ministers from the region in an open discussion about the challenges and opportunities that have to be embraced to make a difference in tackling food and water security together.