Food Security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE): The Great Competition between the Agricultural and Forestry Sector on Irrigation Resources

International Journal of Research in Science(ISSN Online: 2412-4389)

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Title Food Security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE): The Great Competition between the Agricultural and Forestry Sector on Irrigation Resources
 
Creator Shahin, Suzan Marwan
Salem, Mohammed Abdul Muhsen
 
Description The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country that has scarcity in fresh water resources. Groundwater, which contributes to 70% of the total water resources in the country, is a non-renewable water resource. This resource plays significant role in converting the desert to a green paradise. It covers around 95% and 82% of the watering requirements of the agricultural and forestry sector, respectively. Besides the critical problems that this resource suffers from; including depletion, saline water intrusion and contamination. It has also a limited life time expectancy, estimated to be between 16 to 36 years. The total annual water withdrawal by the green sector in the country is estimated to be above 2198 million m3, from which above 32% is used to cover the irrigation requirements for the forestry sector and landscaping, while the rest amount is used for crop production purposes. The great competition between the two sectors, lead to make the sustainability approach in maintaining both sectors extremely difficult, especially with the absence of groundwater supply and the sharp population growth. Therefore, serious and quick actions have to take place; in order to save the future of food security in the UAE.
 
Publisher Research Plus Journals
 
Date 2015-06-15
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
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Format application/pdf
application/pdf
 
Identifier http://researchplusjournals.com/index.php/IJRS/article/view/10
10.24178/ijrs.2015.1.1.19
 
Source International Journal of Research in Science; Vol 1 No 1 (2015): International Journal of Research in Science; 19-23
2412-4389
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://researchplusjournals.com/index.php/IJRS/article/view/10/15
http://researchplusjournals.com/index.php/IJRS/article/view/10/16
 
Coverage United Arab Emirates
 

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