Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aaty discussed with Head of the planning department at the ministry, Eman El-Sayed, the ongoing preparations for the upcoming edition of the Cairo Water Week conference, scheduled for October 2021.
The upcoming conference will be held under the theme: “Water, Population, and Global Change: Challenges and Opportunities”.
The ministry said that it decided to discuss population issues for the first time in the international conference as they have a direct impact on the water sector.
Overpopulation causes a severe pressure on water supply whether for drinking or irrigation purposes. It also affects the labour market as it has to accommodate the steady increase in population and provide more job opportunities.
The coming conference will also discuss the impact of overpopulation on common management of transboundary rivers and climate change.
About a week ago, the 3rd edition of the Cairo Water Week was finalised under the theme “Water Security for Peace and Development in Arid Regions – the Road to Dakar 2021”.
The event, held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, aimed to promote water awareness, fostering new thinking around the most pressing water-related challenges, and taking actions towards integrated water resources management and conservation.