Arabs urged to conserve water to avoid disasters

Saudi Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, Deputy Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, called on Arab countries to reconsider the ways they use water, especially in agriculture.

He warned, “If Arab countries do not act now in conserving water, then disasters of drought and deadly thirst are inevitable.”

Prince Sultan was speaking at the opening of the fifth International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments in Riyadh on Sunday night.

The conference is being held under the sponsorship of Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense.

Prince Khaled, in his address, thanked the organizers for holding this conference amid turbulent international political situations, critical economic conditions and very difficult water challenges.

He added, “Ninety percent of the Arab region is barren desert with low and limited water resources and high evaporation rates reaching 80 percent.

Also, 50 percent of water in the Arabian Peninsula is groundwater due to the nonexistence of rivers in most of the Arab countries. Aquifers are the main source for such water. Not only that, they are the only source of potable and replenished water.”

“The confusion in the political situation in a number of Arab countries has led to economic repercussions as there is no progress and prosperity without stability and system,” he said, adding that due to the Arab political scene and quasi-economic collapse, the most important pillars of human security are affected, particularly water, food, energy and environment.

He pointed out that the Arab world faces severe aridity. He added that there are factors contributing to worsening of the water scarcity, including that some countries spend money on arms or investing unwisely. These countries ignore the investment in the provision of water or in searching for alternative sources of providing water.

Prince Khaled said that one of the innovations is called “Dry Water” which contributes to the rationalization of irrigation water, especially in reforestation projects.

In a press statement, Prince Khaled praised King Saud University for its efforts in the fields of academic and scientific research.

In his speech, Abdulmalik Bin Abdulrahman Al-Sheikh, Secretary General of the prize and Chairman of the higher steering committee of the conference, said the meeting aims to provide a scientific framework for awarding Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. It also aims to exchange knowledge and share information in water resources and desert-related fields.

He added that the conference will explore the use of new technologies in the study of arid and semi-arid environments and their natural resources.

Al-Sheikh stressed that the event provides an opportunity for decision-makers, experts and scientists to share their expertise in order to find integrative and comprehensive solutions for water resource problems.

Saudi Gazette

  • yazidi

    soon saudi oil will dry out then this f….. royal family will go back to old fashion shower with camel ….

    comment was moderated . Inappropriate language removed

    • yalibnan

      This is a grossly inappropriate language. All such commets will be removed  in the future

      • yazidi

        its fact im stating and u can google this when there is no water in desert they use camel (waste water)…happy with this languge now…!!!!! thank u….

    • Moe28

      I cant believe it Yazidi got a like from me, Here’s one thing we can agree on.

      • FreetheME

        I am quite shocked myself Bro, I just couldn’t help myself because I so agree with his comments.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

       Would be good to gather up all the so called leaders in the middle east and burn them with that oil.
      Yes moe and freetheretard that does include your beloved butchers nasty, asshead and midget of ayran

      • FreetheME

        Don’t tell me that includes your uncle Geagea and you aunty Hariri as well Preview.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

           freetheretard do you know what the word “ALL”  means???
          all
          adjective 1.the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year.
          2.the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively): all students.
          3.the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree): with all due respect; with all speed.
          4.every: all kinds; all sorts.
          5.any; any whatever: beyond all doubt.14.wholly; entirely; completely: all alone.

      • FreetheME

        At least I know you can copy and paste from a dictionary Preview. Well done. With a bit more perseverance and dedication , you will get there. You have just proved to me that I truly can Freetheretard one step at a time. 

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

           Again you prove how educated you are when you don’t even understand a simple word like ALL. :)
          I get bored with educating you.

      • FreetheME

        Preview, I like that you have got a sense of humour and can take like you give.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

           is this the start of a love story? :P

  • yazidi

    soon saudi oil will dry out then this filhty royal family will go back to old fashion shower with camel piss

    • yalibnan

      This is a grossly inappropriate language. All such commets will be removed  in the future

      • yazidi

        its fact im stating and u can google this when there is no water in desert they use camel (waste water)…happy with this languge now…!!!!! thank u….

    • Moe28

      I cant believe it Yazidi got a like from me, Here’s one thing we can agree on.

      • FreetheME

        I am quite shocked myself Bro, I just couldn’t help myself because I so agree with his comments.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

       Would be good to gather up all the so called leaders in the middle east and burn them with that oil.
      Yes moe and freetheretard that does include your beloved butchers nasty, asshead and midget of ayran

      • FreetheME

        Don’t tell me that includes your uncle Geagea and you aunty Hariri as well Preview.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

           freetheretard do you know what the word “ALL”  means???
          all
          adjective 1.the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year.
          2.the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively): all students.
          3.the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree): with all due respect; with all speed.
          4.every: all kinds; all sorts.
          5.any; any whatever: beyond all doubt.14.wholly; entirely; completely: all alone.

      • FreetheME

        At least I know you can copy and paste from a dictionary Preview. Well done. With a bit more perseverance and dedication , you will get there. You have just proved to me that I truly can Freetheretard one step at a time. 

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

           Again you prove how educated you are when you don’t even understand a simple word like ALL. :)
          I get bored with educating you.

      • FreetheME

        Preview, I like that you have got a sense of humour and can take like you give.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

           is this the start of a love story? :P

  • dateam

    When israel took over palestine they made it green….all that desert sitting there idle for nothing…why cant they do the same they have the money? they can then spread the population over the land? create new industries…does a lawn mower exist in these countries other than for the presidential palaces?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

       Did they turn it green or RED with the blood of innocent Palestinian women and children!!!!

      • dateam

        the red came first and still does…but you get my point….i couldnt help notice as another example when ghadaffi was being overthrown one of his palaces in the middle of the desert was lush with green grass….

      • Hannibal

        Well said!

  • dateam

    When israel took over palestine they made it green….all that desert sitting there idle for nothing…why cant they do the same they have the money? they can then spread the population over the land? create new industries…does a lawn mower exist in these countries other than for the presidential palaces?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

       Did they turn it green or RED with the blood of innocent Palestinian women and children!!!!

      • dateam

        the red came first and still does…but you get my point….i couldnt help notice as another example when ghadaffi was being overthrown one of his palaces in the middle of the desert was lush with green grass….

      • Hannibal

        Well said!

  • Hannibal

    We have so much water in Lebanon to supply the entire middle east alas it goes to waste. Water is more precious than oil.

    • Persistent

      In the last 4 days we have had so much rain and snow, I venture to guess more than the gulf gets as a whole in a lifetime. Here is my proposal, send us your barges loaded with oil and we will return them filled with water, they will be saving the distillation costs….I think it is a fair trade.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

         No the gulf retards would rather give it to the zionists and yanks then in return buy water from the very same people. Lose lose for the Arabs and win win for the zionists/yanks

  • Hannibal

    We have so much water in Lebanon to supply the entire middle east alas it goes to waste. Water is more precious than oil.

    • Persistent

      In the last 4 days we have had so much rain and snow, I venture to guess more than the gulf gets as a whole in a lifetime. Here is my proposal, send us your barges loaded with oil and we will return them filled with water, they will be saving the distillation costs….I think it is a fair trade.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

         No the gulf retards would rather give it to the zionists and yanks then in return buy water from the very same people. Lose lose for the Arabs and win win for the zionists/yanks

  • IraniAngel

    heeey peers, well, at least some of you are… im back in the game.

    aside from that water is an exstremely important resource to such an extent that latin america will be the middle east of the future due to its huge water supplies.. i feel sorry for them.

  • IraniAngel

    heeey peers, well, at least some of you are… im back in the game.

    aside from that water is an exstremely important resource to such an extent that latin america will be the middle east of the future due to its huge water supplies.. i feel sorry for them.

  • libnan1

    ” In Lebanon, several days of winds and heavy rain along the coast and
    record snow in the mountains caused power outages across the country,
    blocked traffic and shut down mountain passes. Later Wednesday, snow is
    forecast at altitudes higher than 200 yards (meters), while rain that
    has already flooded suburbs of the capital, Beirut, should continue.”

  • libnan1

    ” In Lebanon, several days of winds and heavy rain along the coast and
    record snow in the mountains caused power outages across the country,
    blocked traffic and shut down mountain passes. Later Wednesday, snow is
    forecast at altitudes higher than 200 yards (meters), while rain that
    has already flooded suburbs of the capital, Beirut, should continue.”