AMMAN, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- An Euro-Med ministerial water conference, kicked off at Jordan's Dead Sea shores on Monday, has adopted guidelines for a water strategy for the Mediterranean region, daily newspaper The Jordan Times reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, the strategy will focus on protecting water quality and finding a balance between drawing on new water resources and managing demand, as well as addressing the impact of climate change.
But it will be discussed at a higher-level meeting of the heads of member states of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM) by the end of 2010.
Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abu Saud was quoted as warning that Middle East and North African countries are facing a serious challenge as water reserves in the region might run out within the next few decades.
He called on concerning states to enhance cooperation, develop frameworks to manage the resources in a sustainable manner and come up feasible solutions to bridge the water gap among countries.