Groundwater over-abstraction is a vexing issue in most parts of the world and the Arab world is not an exception. Exercising control over it is a clear challenge to policy-makers, managers and academics alike, especially given the spatially disperse nature of access points. This Webinar explores regulatory and policy frameworks employed in the Arab World as well as existing limitations to effective policy implementation.


Alvar Closas

Alvar Closas is a political scientist and human geographer working in research for development in the fields of irrigation, water resources development and agriculture, with a focus on groundwater man... Read more

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Effective enforcement and implementation of regulation to control or curb abstraction remains difficult as government resources are usually stretched. Thus, it will be argued that there are both limited success stories and a very large diversity of physical, legal and institutional/cultural contexts, making it difficult to draw lessons or derive recommendations across the board.