The Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development (EMA) is expecting this week more than 250 water experts and senior politicians from Germany and the Arab world at a three-day conference in Hamburg. Its goal is to intensify the cooperation begun two years ago at the first conference. “Water is essential to life and only close cooperation can develop sustainable solutions for the water shortage in the EMA region”, said the founder and Secretary General of the EMA, Abdelmajid Layadi, describing the approach of the conference. It is being held under the auspices of the Jordanian Prince Hassan bin Talal and the German Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier.
The Arab region is the most arid region in the world, which because of low and irregular rainfall, high evaporation rates and a steadily decreasing ground water level must obtain a large proportion of the water required for households and business from neighbouring states. The security of the water supply is threatened with even further decrease in future. Germany, on the other hand, is one of the world’s leading nations in matters of water management, with numerous companies that export their know-how around the world, whether in the treatment of drinking water, desalination technology, efficiency enhancement or sewage disposal. In addition, as part of development cooperation, the Federal government supports many countries in the Arab world in modernizing their water supply.
Along with issues such as urban and rural water management, water treatment, loss reduction and saving potential, the conference focuses on the interaction between water and renewable energies: “A better water supply needs more and more energy, while a more efficient energy supply needs more and more water”, said Environment Minister Peter Altmaier in his welcoming address.
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Second Hamburg Water Forum for the EMA Region, 10 to 12 September 2012