Water scenarios in the Gaza Strip, Palestine: Thirst, hunger and disease

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This paper examines the interacting problems which govern poor access to quality drinking water, as well as the related problems of solid waste treatment and recycling. The need for a stable political resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict is paramount. Although long-term solutions to the crisis require a regional political solution, there are several local activities that can reduce the degradation of water supplies and larger eco-systems. These include desalination of seawater and brackish water, water import and domestic water filtration units. The big problem is to allow the groundwater aquifer to recharge over time. Other problems - all caused by the unresolved conflict - are unemployment, land degradation, agriculture limitation, smuggling of pesticides and fertilisers, absence of monitoring and licensing, and the collapse of the political system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-493
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Future scenarios
  • Gaza
  • Political conflicts
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology

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