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Water Status in the Syrian Water Basins

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Syrian water resources face economic and physical water scarcity. This together with a large population and development increase and the climate change may lead to increasing risks for international controversies and disputes in the coming decades. According to FAO, the available water resource per capita AWPC is going to be half by 2025. Depending on its seven water basins, this paper analyses water demand and supply in the Syria with their projections till 2050. The paper shows that two of the seven Syrian basins need a specific concern as they face water scarcity problem. However, two basins have extra water. Therefore, the paper focuses on the need for a sustainable water management, which takes all nonconventional water resources into account to contribute in the Syrian water balance such as rainwater harvesting and wastewater reuse.

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K. Mourad and R. Berndtsson, "Water Status in the Syrian Water Basins," Open Journal of Modern Hydrology, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2012, pp. 15-20. doi: 10.4236/ojmh.2012.21003.

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