Half of OIC Member-States Suffer Water Shortages

Half of OIC Member-States Suffer Water Shortages

Tuesday, 16 October, 2018 - 07:30
An Egyptian farmer tries to irrigate his land with water from a well. (Reuters)
Cairo - Asharq Al-Awsat
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) warned on Monday that several member-states of the group are suffering from water shortages.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen said that these countries will be facing greater challenges related to water in the future.

Speaking during the opening of the first Cairo Week on Water, he added that 14 members of the OIC suffer from water scarcity, while 12 other states suffer from chronic shortages.

He said that renewable water resources among members comprise 13.2 percent of renewable water resources in the world.

The OIC is made of 57 members.

Othaimeen expected water shortages to affect more member-states of the OIC due to climate change.

“This will consequently affected the agricultural sector,” he warned.

He urged Muslim scholars, teachers, intellectuals, the media and influential social figures to raise awareness about the importance of conserving water. This awareness should be promoted during Friday prayer sermons and included in school curricula.

Othaimeen presented the OIC’s efforts in water conservation, saying it looks forward to playing an important role in tackling water issues.

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