The OSS at the "Arab Forum on Water Scarcity and Collection and its Social, Economic, and Environmental Impact on Sustainable Development", Tripoli, July 12 & 13, 2021


The Sahara and Sahel Observatory, represented by Mr. Nabil BEN KHATRA, Executive Secretary and Mr. Abdessalem KALLALA, Administrative and Financial Coordinator, took part in the works of the "Arab Forum on water scarcity and collection and its social, economic, and environmental impact on sustainable development” which took place in Tripoli - Libya, on July 12 and 13, 2021 with the presence of several specialists, researchers, academics and experts in water science.

In his opening speech, Mr. Nabil BEN KHATRA emphasized the importance of addressing issues related to sustainable land management and the fight against desertification through a multidisciplinary approach and involving the different stakeholders at all (design, implementation and monitoring-evaluation) stages. He also mentioned the social, economic and environmental elements necessary to growth, the importance of developing water management strategies and programs, the value of fieldwork and the need for monitoring and evaluation. Mr. BEN KHATRA took this opportunity to thank the organizers for the quality of the Forum, the variety of the content and the relevance of the topics addressed.

Mr. Abdessalem KALLALA presented the techniques and know-how of small hydropower for the mobilization of runoff water to be used for sustainable development and for the fight against desertification.

He also reviewed the history of the Arab world defined by a predominantly arid climate where water has always been a key element for socio-economic development.

“All the civilizations of the arid world were based, mainly, on their ability of water control and rational use. The Tunisian Rejim Maatoug project is an example of success for development and fight against desertification” he declared.

It should be noted that the Forum was organized by the National Committee for Education, Culture and Science and the Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences.