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Working together to manage water resources in the Middle East

A study of water resources in Lebanon’s western mountain region has found the overall groundwater balance to be positive, while making recommendations for ensuring sustainable water supply during dry seasons.

The research, commissioned by the Shouf Biosphere Reserve together with Nestlé Waters and carried out by the Antea Group, looked at ground water reserves around the Shouf mountains, one of the most plentiful freshwater-generating areas in the Middle East.

Its findings highlight the need to minimize groundwater depletion caused by seasonal shifts in surface water flows in the region’s rivers and springs. The study sets out an action plan and recommendations to ensure integrated management of resources in the water basin.

One of these recommendations is to establish a steering committee to drive the action plan, made up of representatives from environment and agriculture ministries, local government authorities, concerned NGOs and interested groups, among others.

“Our collaboration with the Shouf Biosphere Reserve and other local stakeholders is allowing us to create shared value for both society and the environment,” said Carlo Galli, Nestlé Global Water Resources Manager. “We look forward to continuing our cooperation by creating up a committee to follow up on the study’s action plan and recommendations.”

Launched in 2016 following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Nestlé Waters and Shouf Biosphere Reserve, the study is part of our continued advocacy for effective water stewardship in the communities where we operate.