Yemen, NL and water: event report

This physical event was in collaboration with SIB-Utrecht and took place on 23 November 2021 from 20.00 till 21.30 at Instituto Cervantes Utrecht.

The water supply and sanitation in Yemen is characterized by many challenges. Being one of the most water scarce countries in the world makes it difficult for Yemini citizens to access clean and safe drinking water or water for other purposes, such as agriculture. This has become even more difficult because of the current security situation in the country.

Yemen’s groundwater is the main source of water in the country, but the water tables have dropped severely, leaving the country without a viable source of water. Besides, the rainfall and the availability of water are unevenly distributed across the country.

The NICC Foundation worked on a timeline showing the history of water management in Yemen. What is the role of geographical factors with respect to water scarcity? How did political turmoil and multiple wars have its influence on the situation? And what role does the Netherlands play in the support for viable water resources in Yemen? What has been the added value of the worldwide leading Netherlands expertise in the use of satellite information? These questions were discussed by the NICC during our talk ‘Yemen, NL and Water: running out of Water Resources?’

The two speakers of the evening were Job Kleijn and Wim Bastiaanssen, two friends of the NICC Foundations and contributors to multiple timelines.

Slides shown at the event

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