Hydrology &
Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
in the Gulf

NDRD Related Research

  • Earth System Governance Challenges:
    Local Conceptualization of Water Governance and Realm of Possible Actions in Saudi Arabia
  • Climate Change and Human Security in the GCC:
    Implications for Vulnerability, Adaptation and Sustainable
    Development of the Affected Populace to Hydrological Changes
  • Improving access to water and sanitation in the MENA region:
    rethinking the way forward in light of the Millennium Development Goals

Recommended Papers:

Al-Bassam, Abdulaziz M.: Resistivity Methods for Groundwater Exploration in the Cretaceous-Tertiary Sedimentary Sequence, East of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,
in: Journal of Environmental Hydrology, Volume 13, Paper 19, 2005    Abstract    de_but_more_grey

The GCC countries have recognized the concept, that they share comparable ecosystems and scarcity of water resources and as such can address the issues and find solutions to the sustainable development of water resources within this regional forum. Within the scope of developing a suitable framework for the sustainable use of water resources, the "Sixth Gulf Water Conference" held in Riyadh recommended initiatives both within and between the states.

A real treasure of information on dryland hydrology are the papers from the "Sixth Gulf Water Conference" Theme: Water in the GCC… Towards Sustainable Development 8 – 12 March, 2003 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - unfortunately this interesting link disappeared!



Recommended Reading:


Al-Zubari, Waleed K., 2009. Water Resource Management Challenges in the GCC Countries: Four Scenarios, in: Cronin, R. & Pandya, A. (eds.), 2009. Exploiting Natural Resources Growth, Instability, and Conflict in the Middle East and Asia, Washington, D.C.: The Henry L. Stimson Center, pp. 3 – 20.


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A publication of the Regional Voices: Transnational Challenges project.

Exploiting Natural Resources: Growth, Instability, and Conflict in the Middle East and Asia presents views on the unsustainable exploitation of three key natural resources - forests, water, and extractable minerals - from the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. The regional experts and Stimson analysts discuss the current patterns of resources exploitation in the form of forest clearing, hydropower dams, and mining operations that have implications for domestic and regional stability and human security.

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