SANA'A, July 16—The Netherlands agreed on Monday to grant
Part of the project will entail a study of Sana'a's water reserves. This will include an effort to determine groundwater replenishment rates, water consumption levels, and water usage for irrigation, according to
The water level in the Sana'a Basin drops by six to seven meters annually, reflecting a rate of water consumption that outpaces replenishment. The gap between consumption and replenishment is estimated at over 1.5 billion cubic meters, according to Al-Suraimi.
He explains that the current agricultural irrigation system in
In its attempt to improve the sustainability of Sana'a's water management, the Dutch government is co-operating with the
The management of natural resources is one of the key elements in the FAO Yemen Plan of Action 2014-2018.
In a 2010 report commissioned by the Yemeni government, analysts at US Consultancy firm McKinsey forecasted that if water use in the Sana'a Basin was not controlled and improved, the area could completely run out of water by around 2020.
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