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Four filmmakers from  Jordan ,  Egypt  and  Palestine  find out how local people and institutions on the ground work together in solving the water scarcity. The film is made in close collaboration and with support of the International water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) and the Empowers partnership and Zer0-M project.    It is distributed by the Television trust for the Environment (TVE). More info:  www.sapienproductions.com Produced by: Sapiens Productions Year: 2007 Language: Arabic and English, English subtitles »»

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Welcome to TheWaterChannel, home to hundreds of videos and dossiers on key water themes! The latest dossier is ‘Water Stories from the Arab Region.’ Watch videos, webinars, news and blogs.... and share your own!

 

Paralyzed by war: Yemen struggling to cope with water shortages

It is not an uncommon sight: Children, women, the elderly, and a number of men lining up for water in front of public wells or water pumps, carrying their 10 to 20-liter water containers on their heads, with both hands or in a three-wheeled carriage.  This blog discusses the increasing water shortage in Yemen since the war has started a couple of months ago.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too salty to handle

As oil-rich as the Arab region is, as poor is its fresh water supply. Luckily, the solution is right there along its coastline: desalination. The sea offers an inexhaustible resource to tap into. After the necessary treatment the seawater can contribute to the region’s freshwater supply and take some pressure off conventional water resources.


 





 




A borehole that lasts for a lifetime

Water supply systems fail for a number of reasons. One reason is that the borehole was not properly constructed in the first place. This short film explains the procedures needed to provide a good drilled water supply that can last for many years. 


Webinar: Retention and Recharge at Basin Level 

How can constructed Wetlands delay drainage, retain, infiltrate and purify water? How can 3R (Recharge, Retention, Reuse) mechanisms be used taking the landscape and environment into account?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mud Volcanoes in Balochistan

In Balochistan, Pakistan, mudvolcanoes add a fascinating element to its landscape. This video is a short introduction in this interesting, but odd, geological phenomenon.















How the war in Syria is drowning the Middle East

The war in Syria and the recent rise of Islamic State (IS) has forced many Syrians to leave their country. Many of them have found a safe haven in the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. However, in these refugee camps, as in these countries as a whole, water does not flow richly. As more and more refugees continue to cross the border, this will have serious consequences for availability of water in the region.


It is the microclimate! You didn't see?

They go largely unobserved and unattended. In view of the climate change that is with us today, this is a huge missed opportunity: microclimates. These microclimates can be influenced and managed by various interventions.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeping Stones, Filling Wells

The people from Afar (Ethiopia) harvest steam from underground streams passing through burning volcanic rocks. These ‪steamwells‬ are crucial for their survival. Afar is a region of utmost aridity. With an average annual rainfall of 100 to 300 mm, it has the ignoble reputation of being one of the hottest places on Earth.








 



Atif Kubursi's water story from the Middle East

Atif Kubursi was born in Lebanon and has worked in various Arab countries for many years. Therefore he has countless water stories from the region to share. Nowadays, Kubursi is an economics professor at the MacMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.