Water Demand Management: A Good Practice Handbook

Jul 17, 2017

In the absence of additional affordable supply, countries of the MENA region have to shift their focus to demand side solutions. Water demand management (WDM) already today has an important role in assuring that limited supplies are not wasted, and the emphasis on WDM is clearly expected to grow in the future. Demand side adaptation is gaining ground in water scarce societies, since it can offer flexibility, reduce costs, and contribute to more efficient allocation of scarce water resources. Countries that successfully address water scarcity usually apply a mix of demand and supply side solutions.
During the WATER POrT component of the WATER SUM project, beneficiary countries explicitly requested capacity building in the topic of WDM. Consequently, Task 1.1 was dedicated to this topic, and included training events, demonstration case studies, workshops, and finally, the development of good practice case studies in order to share existing experience and to promote the exchange of information within the region. 30 case studies have been written by a team of six experts of diverse background, but each of them following the same “assessment framework” to make sure that the cases are based on the same methodology. Most of the collected good practices are from within the MENA region, with some experience gathered from other continents as well.

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