EEG lecture on ME water conservation
Dubai, July 26, 2009
The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), the UAE's leading environmental organisation, will hold its eighth community lecture focusing on the Middle East’s increasing demand for water and the new challenges posed by its dwindling water resources.
The lecture, to be held on July 28 in Dubai, will feature internationally renowned water resources expert Sarfraz H Dairkee, who will discuss the concept of 'water footprint' and offer various practical ways and means for the region to address the urgent need for more water resources.
The lecture aims to boost awareness and support efforts to improve the critical water supply level of the region, which according to recent international reports has been further strained by the Middle East’s fast economic growth, population boom and the changes in global climate. During the lecture, attendees will participate in discussions regarding the environmental impact of water production and other issues related to carbon footprint in the environment.
“Through this month’s lecture, we are hoping to spread more awareness on proper conservation of water and how to take more concrete actions to address the region's water-related challenges,” said Habiba Al Marashi, chairperson, EEG.
“We need to be more environmentally aware and join in efforts to save our natural resources, preserving the earth for the future generations who will live in it,” he added.
Dairkee, a founding board member of the Emirates Green Building Council and head of the Technical Committee, will also talk about the UAE’s growing water footprint and the impact it will have with its neighbour countries.
“Water footprint is a key indicator of the amount of water used directly and indirectly to produce the goods and services. There is an imbalance in the footprint and it has become a pressing issue that we should look into and start resolving,” Dairkee said.
The EEG is the first environmental NGO to be given the ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system. The group operates in consonance with the UAE’s sustainable development plan.-TradeArabia News Service