Yemen is one of the five most water-stressed countries in the world. Climate Change is set to deplete further its limited water resources. Water service-delivery and rural and urban areas leave much to be desired, despite decade-old reforms carried out by the government.
Abdulrahman F. Al-Eryani, former Yemeni Minister of Water and Environment, frames these challenges with an eye on solutions. Alongside Yemen's water-scarcity, its people have developed a rich culture of efficient water-management practices. This heritage, along with international co-operation and tough domestic decision-making, will provide the basis for a water-sustainable future for the country, says Mr. Al-Eryani.
The former minister speaks on a wide range of related issues in An Eye on Water-Scarcity in Yemen, an exclusive interview.
TheWaterChannel attempts to document Yemen's water management heritage through the ‘Building on Practice’ video-series. Collective Action in Groundwater Management in Yemen, the first in the series, captures the ingenuity of the Yemeni people in Wadi Dhella village.
With contribution from the community, a multi-layered water management system is now in place. Its tube wells, water pipes and recharge dams are run and maintained by the villagers themselves. And, they say, there is much, much more that they want to do in the future!
There is much more on Yemen coming soon on TheWaterChannel. Stay tuned!