The water sector in MENA region: The way forward

Slim Zekri*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter summarizes the most important water policies implemented in the seven countries considered in the book. It also assesses the progress made by each of the countries on the reforms judged fundamental to avoid water crises and social unrests and ensure water security for a sustainable development. The chapter concludes with a comparison of reforms undertaken worldwide and suggests some urgent measures that would speed up balancing supply and demand. Essentially demand management and cost recovery are judged urgent to undertake and feasible by learning from the successful energy price reforms undertaken in Iran and Oman for instance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Issues in Water Policy
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGlobal Issues in Water Policy
ISSN (Print)2211-0631
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0658


  • Cost recovery
  • Reallocation of water resources
  • Treated wastewater reuse
  • Water policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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