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News MSSD: Insufficient steps taken towards better water management

Plan Bleu regularly monitors and calculates indicators for the implementation of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD). In May 2013, sustainable development policies in the Mediterranean were shown to have improved but remain below the joint objectives of the countries concerned. This is particularly true for issues concerning water use.

Efforts are being made almost everywhere, often with considerable improvements in more or less all territories but still seen as insufficient. Plan Bleu's nuanced assessment of the field results of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development has proved mixed. 
  
Plan Bleu used 34 indicators to gauge the improvements. These are grouped into nine priority issues. 
  
Five of these indicators concern water resources, their use and their efficiency. The population is increasing in the Mediterranean region while its natural resources are not. 
  
In this way, the pressure on the renewable resource is often great, particularly in rural areas in the south. This is the case for countries that have large desert areas like Egypt, Libya and Israel. 
  
The MSSD places emphasis on the need to reduce the volumes of water that are lost or wasted, which can be significant. Plan Bleu's report highlights the often weak irrigation efficiency in agriculture. In the south, a large quantity of the water needed is lost in water supply networks. 

The MSSD aims to reduce leaks in networks supplying water for irrigation and drinking water. Water disappears in more significant proportions in many Southern countries. 
  
Moreover, it should be pointed out that in 1990, 23 million people in the Mediterranean lacked easy access to drinking water, often in rural areas. This dropped to 19 million in 2010. 
  
These rural areas regularly lose their agricultural assets, too. In a demographic growth context in rural areas in the south, 60% of rural people in the Mediterranean were farmers in 1990 and 41% were in 2012. 
  
The Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development ultimately relies on public research efforts. This represents less than 1% of GDP almost everywhere in the south and 2% in the EU.
  
As for EU aid destined for southern countries, this is half of the amount advocated by the MSSD, which, overall, does not help towards efficient water use. 


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File link http://en.econostrum.info/MSSD-Insufficient-steps-taken-towards-better-water-management_a277.html
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Source of information Econostrum & Plan Bleu
Keyword(s) MSSD
Subject(s) AGRICULTURE , ANALYSIS AND TESTS , CHARACTERISTICAL PARAMETERS OF WATERS AND SLUDGES , DRINKING WATER , DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION : COMMON PROCESSES OF PURIFICATION AND TREATMENT , ENERGY , FINANCE-ECONOMY , HEALTH - HYGIENE - PATHOGENIC MICROORGANISM , HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , INDUSTRY , INFORMATION - COMPUTER SCIENCES , INFRASTRUCTURES , MEASUREMENTS AND INSTRUMENTATION , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID , NATURAL MEDIUM , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT , PREVENTION AND NUISANCES POLLUTION , RIGHT , RISKS AND CLIMATOLOGY , SANITATION -STRICT PURIFICATION PROCESSES , SLUDGES , TOOL TERMS , TOURISM - SPORT - HOBBIES , WATER DEMAND , WATER QUALITY
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News date 23/10/2013
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH
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