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Sabir and Noor Mohammed are childhood friends who lost their sight at an early age but still manage to earn their living as farmers in Khanpur. Farming, Irrigation, feeding farm animals... you name it, they can take care of it! More information: Produced by: Jibran Khan Year: 2012 Language: English Region: India »»

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Paralyzed by war: Yemen struggling to cope with water shortages

It is not an uncommon sight: Children, women, the elderly, and a number of men lining up for water in front of public wells or water pumps, carrying their 10 to 20-liter water containers on their heads, with both hands or in a three-wheeled carriage.  This blog discusses the increasing water shortage in Yemen since the war has started a couple of months ago.  

Too salty to handle

As oil-rich as the Arab region is, as poor is its fresh water supply. Luckily, the solution is right there along its coastline: desalination. The sea offers an inexhaustible resource to tap into. After the necessary treatment the seawater can contribute to the region’s freshwater supply and take some pressure off conventional water resources.

A borehole that lasts for a lifetime

Water supply systems fail for a number of reasons. One reason is that the borehole was not properly constructed in the first place. This short film explains the procedures needed to provide a good drilled water supply that can last for many years. 

Webinar: Retention and Recharge at Basin Level 

How can constructed Wetlands delay drainage, retain, infiltrate and purify water? How can 3R (Recharge, Retention, Reuse) mechanisms be used taking the landscape and environment into account?









Land to women and landless youth

The Tigray Regional Government (TRG) in Ethiopia has five years back embarked on pilot testing its policy and investment programme of converting the rehabilitated steep degraded hillsides into productive land through, among others, bench terracing . At the nucleus of the target beneficiaries are the estimated quarter of a million landless youth (about half are female) in the Region.

How the war in Syria is drowning the Middle East

The war in Syria and the recent rise of Islamic State (IS) has forced many Syrians to leave their country. Many of them have found a safe haven in the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. However, in these refugee camps, as in these countries as a whole, water does not flow richly. As more and more refugees continue to cross the border, this will have serious consequences for availability of water in the region.

It is the microclimate! You didn't see?

They go largely unobserved and unattended. In view of the climate change that is with us today, this is a huge missed opportunity: microclimates. These microclimates can be influenced and managed by various interventions.









In eastern Sudan at the eastern tip of the Sahel water is very scarce and a well is more than a blessing. When nomads pack up their camps and leave the place they have stayed for a while they fill the water troughs for whoever comes next – other nomads, wild animals, anybody.


Atif Kubursi's water story from the Middle East

Atif Kubursi was born in Lebanon and has worked in various Arab countries for many years. Therefore he has countless water stories from the region to share. Nowadays, Kubursi is an economics professor at the MacMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.