DUBAI, 22nd March, 2022 (WAM) — Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, has stressed the importance of taking urgent and effective measures to ensure sustainable water management, noting that the Water security is a top priority for the UAE government and an integral part of the development drive.
The Minister made the remarks during his inaugural speech at the Water Forum, held as part of Water Week at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“The UAE is fully aware that water security is the cornerstone of national security and is of paramount importance to our future goals and development path. Therefore, the UAE launched their Water Security Strategy 2036 which aims to ensure sustainability and continued access to water under normal and extreme emergency conditions, covering all elements of the country’s water supply chain for the next twenty years.
He added, “The strategy has been developed from a comprehensive national perspective to cover all elements of the water supply chain in the country with the participation of all entities and authorities concerned with water resources in the country. It focuses on three main programs: Demand Management Program, Water Supply Management Program and Emergency Generation and Distribution Program The strategy also addresses policy development, legislation, campaigns raising awareness of water conservation, the use of advanced technologies, innovation and the strengthening of national capacities in the field of water security.
Meanwhile, Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment addressed a plenary session organized at Expo 2020 to observe World Water Day as part of Water Week . She noted that the overall goals of the 2036 Water Security Strategy are to reduce the total demand for water resources by 21 percent, increase the water productivity index to US$110 per cubic meter , to reduce the water scarcity index by three degrees, to increase the reuse of treated water to 95 percent and to increase the national water storage capacity for up to two days.
The UAE Minister attended the session along with Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Mark Harbers, and Rajendra Singh, a water advocate and environmentalist.
Discussions highlighted actions that countries around the world can take collaboratively to address the water challenge, noting that the issue is not isolated from the energy file, so plans must be made in a way that meet overall development goals.