In this Earth Report, we see how countries in the Middle East are beginning to confront the stark reality of too many people and too little water. We first travel to Jordan, a country that is experiencing a severe and worsening water shortage. Damiya village suffers from an inadequate and poorly-maintained water system, problems which are tackled through dialogue between officials and users. In the farming area of Beni Suef in Egypt, demand for irrigation is high and farmers are desperate. Here too water users have started to discuss the problems with government officials to come up with solutions. But these dialogues can only work if practical solutions are the outcome. Innovative ideas at local level often provide solutions for local water shortages – in Maithaloun in Palestine, Mustafa has developed an innovative water harvesting project. He manages to turn his idea into a viable municipality project.
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