The Jordan River has been reduced to 2 per cent of its historic size and is heavily polluted. Across Syria, rivers are shrinking, springs have dried up and the desert is spreading. The water crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, the most water-scarce region in the world, is rapidly worsening, yet decision makers appear unwilling to acknowledge its severity, and water remains low on the political agenda.
How can this gap between the reality of growing scarcity and the continued illusion of plenty be explained? What are the implications of an increasing ecological deterioration for an already conflict-ridden region?
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