Workshop on the “Water Crisis in the Gaza Strip”
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Cooperation with the Palestinian Institute for Communication and Development (PICD) conducted a closed Workshop entitled: “The water crisis in the Gaza Strip”. As part of the project “Social Responsibility – Professional Journalism in the Gaza Strip”, the workshop participants met in Gaza City on October 30, 2018.
The guest speaker Mr Munther Shublaq, General Director of Costal Municipality Water Utility in Gaza Strip, lectured about the tense water situation in the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated regions in the world, suffering from high poverty, a weak economy, a low standard of living, an unstable political situation, and massive water scarcity.
Every year, about 180 million cubic meters of water are extracted from the groundwater, creating an annual deficit of around 110 million cubic meters. The groundwater level has been decreasing continuously for several years, which in return has a significant impact on the quality of drinking water. The crisis has recently been compounded by a lack of rain and a strong population growth in the Gaza Strip.
A lively discussion arose between Munther Shublaq, the invited participants from the civil society and the journalists present. Questions and ideas on the optimal use of groundwater, which is the main source for all private, agricultural and industrial purposes, have been the focus of attention.