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  • Date 9th March 2020
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Abstract

Water shortages are a global challenge, with one third of the world’s population still without access to clean water. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries face a scarcity of water resources due to their dry climates. The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) renewable water resources are below the United Nations’ water scarcity threshold, and its water usage far exceeds the natural recharge rate by as much as 26-fold. This study investigates the water-agriculture nexus in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and provides policy options for reducing water use in the agriculture sector to sustainable levels. 

Authors

Noura Mansouri

Research Fellow Noura is a research fellow at KAPSARC, a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an expert… Noura is a research fellow at KAPSARC, a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an expert at the World Energy Council (WEC). She is the co-chair of T20 Italy’s Task Force 2 (TF2) on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy and Environment. She was the lead co-chair of T20 Saudi Arabia’s TF2 on Climate Change and Environment in 2020. Dr. Mansouri previously worked at Areva. She earned her MBA and Ph.D. degrees in sustainability and energy transitions from the University of London. She is the author of Greening the Black Gold: Saudi Arabia’s Quest for Clean Energy. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at MIT. She was a member of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Review Committee 2018 and the Selection Committee 2019-2021, and received the 2015 Women Excellence Leadership Award under the category "Rising Stars." She is a founder and board member of the Saudi Association for Energy Economics, and a board member of Women in Clean Energy.  

Expertise

  • Circular Carbon Economy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Water-Energy Nexus
  • Climate Change
  • Energy Transition and G20

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Former Research Associate David is a former research associate who centered on modeling the economics of integrated energy systems, with a focus on Saudi… David is a former research associate who centered on modeling the economics of integrated energy systems, with a focus on Saudi Arabia and the surrounding Gulf countries. His recent studies have focused on the impact of energy price reform on the technology and fuel mix of the Saudi energy sector and the nexus of water, energy, and agriculture. Prior to joining KAPSARC, David led energy efficiency efforts at the municipally-owned electric utility in Austin, Texas and served the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Humaid Kanji

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