A strategy for water in the Mediterranean region has run aground. Israel’s opposition to a reference in a final draft text to the Palestinian territories once again brought Union for the Mediterranean talks to a halt.
The water strategy had sought to “promote sustainable development and the eradication of poverty, peace, international security and justice”.
Delegations from the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’s 43 member states were meeting in Barcelona. The Partnership includes all 27 EU countries and 16 countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean.
The southern members only get a tenth as much precipitation as those along the northern shores. The strategy project notes that more than 180 million people lack water in the region, at least one third of that number chronically.
The French representative at the talks spoke of a projected rise in water needs over a period in which availability of the precious resource is expected to drop.