“Water security is obtained by cooperation, rather than competition”

On November 12 and 13, Georgetown University Qatar and Georgetown University’s Institute for Environment & Sustainability hosted the “Sustaining the Oasis: Envisioning the future of water security in the Gulf” conference under the Hiwaraat series, aimed at delving into the historical and future significance of water in the region, addressing both human and ecological needs. Dr. Mahdi Zarghami, GPTT’s senior advisor represented the think tank in the breakout session of “Water security in a changing world: Climate change and new realities.” He emphasized on cooperation and diplomacy rather than competition to provide water security despite the scarcity of water sources. According to him, active recognition of interdependencies, mutual value creation, and adaptive regime of water governance are three main “enabling conditions” that may lead to “win-win” solutions.

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