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EGYPT's farmers tap new technology to save water and boost crops

EGYPT's farmers tap new technology to save water and boost crops | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The system, developed by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and Cairo’s MSA University, uses a sensor buried in the soil to measure moisture levels and a transmitter to send the data to the user, who accesses it through a mobile app.
Even if they are away from their fields, farmers can tell whether their crops need more water or have had enough.

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EGYPT: Water, Policy, and Productivity in Agriculture 

EGYPT: Water, Policy, and Productivity in Agriculture  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
When water scarcity restricts agricultural production, expanding water resources is only one option to increase or maintain output; investments in research to raise productivity can also release constraints on growth. In this paper, we construct a model of optimal resource allocation with both public and private inputs in production—the public sector invests in research and irrigation infrastructure to supply technology and water, respectively, whereas the private sector supplies other inputs.
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MEDITERRANEAN: First Mediterranean Assessment Report – MedECC

MEDITERRANEAN: First Mediterranean Assessment Report – MedECC | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) prepared by the independent network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) founded in 2015 is now finished. MedECC assesses the best available scientific knowledge on climate and environmental change and associated risks in the Mediterranean Basin in order to render it accessible to policymakers, stakeholders and citizens. The report includes a Summary for Policy-makers (SPM), which comprises the key messages of the MAR1.T

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Portugal: Algarve dams only have enough water to last until the end of this year

Portugal: Algarve dams only have enough water to last until the end of this year | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Algarve’s dams only have enough water available to last until the end of the year, if there is no significant rainfall over the next few months, the Permanent Drought Monitoring Commission revealed in its most recent report.
According to the group, “it can be said that, at the end of June 2020, the situation in terms of availability of surface water in the water sources of the Algarve Multi-municipal Water Supply and Sanitation System (SMAASA), associated with management measures and strategies implemented, allow only to ensure the estimated consumption for the rest of the calendar year of 2020.

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How to scale-up greywater reuse in Jordan and Egypt

How to scale-up greywater reuse in Jordan and Egypt | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Much time, money and energy has been put into trialing greywater treatment technology in Jordan, but success rates are low. What can be learned from the work that has already been done to spread the use of the technology, both in Jordan and in Egypt?
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More drop per crop: Cereal water footprint study highlights need to transition to ancient grains

More drop per crop: Cereal water footprint study highlights need to transition to ancient grains | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A new study – which has highlighted the need for changes in cereal production practices to improve water use in India – could be a springboard for other regions to follow.
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Egypt Will Reuse Treated Wastewater in Agriculture | Egyptian Streets

Egypt Will Reuse Treated Wastewater in Agriculture | Egyptian Streets | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Mabouly revealed on 14 October that Egypt plans to treat sewage water and reuse it in agriculture and plantations. Mohamed Mustafa, Chief Executive of Egyptian Water and Wastewater Regulatory Agency, said that they will study the quality of drinking water to come up with effective wastewater treatment solutions. According to Sayed […]
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World Bank Launches New Water Bond To Raise Money For Oceans

World Bank Launches New Water Bond To Raise Money For Oceans | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The World Bank is aiming to raise $3 billion for water, sanitation, and marine protection — and it’s not doing this through a typical fundraiser. Instead of hosting a telethon or a swanky benefit, the international financial institution has announced plans to offer a bond series designed to pour money into the world’s oceans.
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UN urges governments to adopt 'greener' water policies amid rising global demand - Daily Sabah

UN urges governments to adopt 'greener' water policies amid rising global demand - Daily Sabah | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Governments should focus on greener policies to improve the supply and quality of water as climate change and a growing global population threate
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Where has the rain gone? Environmentalists and farmers are worried, weathermen are puzzled

Where has the rain gone? Environmentalists and farmers are worried, weathermen are puzzled | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Rainfall last month was a third of the norm, and total rainfall so far this season was 40 per cent of the average, raising concerns for farmers but also adding weight to fears about desertification as the lack of rain persists year after year. 
Environmentalist Alan Deidun notes in Th
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The Dead River? How the waters of the Jordan run foul

The Dead River? How the waters of the Jordan run foul | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

As Syria’s farmers once again cultivate their lands, so the taps for irrigating crops are turned back on. But not everyone is happy.
For Jordan, Syria’s neighbour to the south, what is a dire water shortage problem could, with the end of the war, suddenly become worse.
The River Jordan, which rises on the slopes of Mt Hermon on the Syria-Lebanon border and flows 250km to end its journey emptying into the Dead Sea, is a vital source of water for the country which is named after it.
The trouble is that Syria – along with Israel and Jordan itself – has been taking vast amounts of water out of the river over the years.

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Existing only from the Nile, Egypt fears disaster from a dam

Existing only from the Nile, Egypt fears disaster from a dam | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

 The only reason Egypt has even existed from ancient times until today is because of the Nile River, which provides a thin, richly fertile stretch of green through the desert. For the first time, the country fears a potential threat to that lifeline, and it seems to have no idea what to do about it.

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How climate change might affect the Nile

How climate change might affect the Nile | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will have to learn to share water, or their people will suffer. By 2050 around a billion people will live in the countries through which the Nile and its tributaries flow. That alone will put enormous stress on the water supply. 

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EGPYT calls on Russia to build desalination plants as Nile dam talks stall

EGPYT calls on Russia to build desalination plants as Nile dam talks stall | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Egypt has recently agreed with the Russian Rusnano Group to develop its local components and build more desalination plants to face the water scarcity that could result from the Ethiopian dam being built on the Blue Nile.
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FAO Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series

FAO Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

This FAO series — organized in collaboration with SEI and KTH Royal Institute of Technology — introduces nexus concepts and gives examples of current efforts and best practices in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and beyond.

Session 1: Understanding the nexus and nexus challenges: examples from the NENA region

Session 2: Tools and Methods to find Nexus Solutions: Examples from Morocco and Jordan

Session 3: A Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach for evaluating the sustainability of the Mediterranean Diet: The Case of Lebanon

Session 4: The WEF Nexus on the ground: practical applications from the Maghreb and West Africa

Session 5: Selected experiences with WEF Nexus decision-making: applications in Jordan and Morocco

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Morocco: A review of water management policies

Morocco: A review of water management policies | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
MOROCCO. A note from the Moroccan Institute for policy analysis denounces past and present water management policies in Morocco. It deems them not only unsuited to climate change, taken in a piecemeal fashion in an emergency response to social conflicts, but also very unequal.
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Egypt explores using modern irrigation methods in 175,000 feddan land

Egypt explores using modern irrigation methods in 175,000 feddan land | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aaty and Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation El Sayed El Kosayer met on Wednesday to discuss implementation of modern irrigation systems in New Valley governorate. 
During the meeting, they addressed the possibility of converting about ​​175,000 feddan currently irrigated by flooding in New Valley to modern irrigation techniques.

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Arab states face water emergency, urgent action needed: UN

Arab states face water emergency, urgent action needed: UN | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation tells Cairo conference per capita water resources set to fall by 50 percent by 2050
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Malta warned of low groundwater levels

Malta warned of low groundwater levels | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Malta continues to have “significant problems” with its groundwater levels, according to the EU’s environmental watchdog.
The European Environment Agency’s European Waters report for 2018 says that Malta is among the three southern member states, the others being Cyprus and Spain, wher
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Egypt Seeks to Penalize Water Misuse | Egyptian Streets

Egypt Seeks to Penalize Water Misuse | Egyptian Streets | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
According to Egypt Today, Egyptian authorities are attempting to curb water misuse by drafting a law on water resources and irrigation. The drafted law, which was announced by Hisham Al-Hoshary, Deputy of the Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation, will be discussed during the fourth session of the House of Representatives in the beginning of October. […]
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Drinking Water Prices Increase Nearly 50% in Egypt

Drinking Water Prices Increase Nearly 50% in Egypt | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

In a bid to comply with Egypt’s economic reform program in November 2016, the Egyptian government has raised the price of piped drinking water up to 46.5% for consumers of all consumption tier.
The decision, which was signed off by Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Saturday, was reported by the Official Gazette. The decision also included a hike in the sewage treatment fees to 12%.

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Is Malta water resilient? - Anne Zammit

Is Malta water resilient? - Anne Zammit | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Malta is a small, arid island, with a ballooning economy that is calling for more imported labour. It is not easy to see how the infrastructure will cope long term, especially in relation to our natural fresh water resource – ground water.
This in a country where the two main politica
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Egypt is Building World’s Largest Seawater Desalination Plant

Egypt is Building World’s Largest Seawater Desalination Plant | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

In continuing efforts to fulfill its growing water needs, Egypt is set to build the largest seawater desalination plant in the world in the Red Sea city of Ain Sokha, head of the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority, Kamal El Wazir, said earlier this week.

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Red Sea Towns Look to Desalination to Compensate for Losses to Dam

Red Sea Towns Look to Desalination to Compensate for Losses to Dam | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Within five years, the Red Sea Governorate will depend entirely on desalinated sea water. Will other governorates follow suit?
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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted
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