MENA has world's 'least secure water supply'
Study warns of repercussions due to lack of water security
A study by UK risk consultants Maplecroft has revealed that out of 18 countries around the globe at ‘extreme risk’ to their water security, 15 are in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Egypt and Algeria are all listed in the study, which suggests that extreme water security risks across the MENA region may lead to further increases in global oil prices and heightened political tensions in the future.
“Water security has the potential to compound the already fragile state of societal affairs in some countries,” says Professor Alyson Warhurst, CEO of Maplecroft. “For example, in Egypt water security may intensify the on-going civil tensions. In turn it is not unrelated to food security, which leads to cost of living protests and in turn violent oppression in less democratic societies.”