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Cairo: Esraa Khalifa
The Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, will head the Iraqi delegation participating in the meetings of the Cairo Water Week under the slogan (Water, Population and Global Changes), which begins today, Sunday, and lasts for four days.
Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Aty said in press statements that the Cairo Week for the current year is the fourth in a series of conferences that started in 2018 with the aim of strengthening communication between water organizations, industries related to the water sector, regional and international bodies and related communities, noting that Cairo Water Week 2021 comes As a culmination of the success achieved by the Cairo Water Week in the previous three editions, it became one of the most important and largest events related to the field of water and sustainable development in Egypt and the Middle East.
Abdel-Aty pointed out that the Cairo Water Week aims to reach sustainable solutions to manage water resources to face the increase in population and the changes that occur in the world, such as changes in land uses and climate, as well as hydrological systems at an accelerating rate, which made it the focus of support and attention for all those concerned with water regionally and internationally.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Water Resources revealed the development of future plans to confront the dry season, according to the expectations of the next season, whether American or European, or even the Iraqi weather forecast.
The Director-General of the National Center for Water Resources Management, Hatem Hamid Al-Tamimi, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "Climate changes that have occurred in the world during the past ten years have led to disasters and major climate extremism in some areas," noting that "the ministry has prepared a plan A strategy for water and land resources in Iraq in 2014, which took in its content the development of a drought management plan, to divide the water storage in light of the storage achieved in the reservoirs.
Al-Tamimi noted that “there is no shortage of drinking water, but there is a shortage of agricultural water, which constitutes 85% of water consumption in Iraq, in addition to the marshes, which constitute 10% of water consumption in Iraq.”
He explained that "the groundwater present in the sedimentary plain is known to be unfit for drinking and agriculture, and it needs to be extracted and then desalinated," stressing that "there are future plans in this direction."
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