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Yemen, NL and Water: a Country running out of Water Resources?

Tuesday November 23th | 20:00-21:30 | Instituto Cervantes

The water supply and sanitation in Yemen is characterized by many challenges. Being one of the poorest countries and one of the most water scarce countries in the world makes it difficult for Yemini citizens to access clean and safe drinking water or water for other purposes, such as agriculture. This has become even more difficult because of the current security situation in the country. Yemen’s groundwater is the main source of water in the country, but the water tables have dropped severely, leaving the country without a viable source of water. Besides, the rainfall and the availability of water are unevenly distributed across the country. The NICC (Netherlands International Cooperation Collection) worked on a timeline showing the history of water management in Yemen. What is the role of geographical factors with respect to water scarcity? How did political turmoil followed by multiple wars had its influence on the situation? And what role does the Netherlands play in the support for viable water resources in Yemen? What has been the added value of the worldwide leading Netherlands expertise in the use of satellite information? This and more will be discussed by the NICC during our talk ‘Yemen, NL and Water: a Country running out of Water Resources?’

This evening will host two speakers from the NICC. The first one is Job Kleijn MPhil., strategic advisor for the Netherlands Embassy and advisor for UN FAO and formerly Diplomat Water affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The other speaker is Wim Bastiaanssen, CEO Irriwatch and Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at the Delft University of Technology.