Countries must use water resources rationally: Iraqi president
There must be coordination between countries having common water resources to solve water deficit problem in the world, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said at the fifth World Water Forum on March 16, Turkish TRT-2 channel reported.
"World countries must create common water resources and design draft to use water resources rationally," Talabani said.
Roughly 27,000 representatives from 182 world countries participate in Istanbul's forum.
Violation of the international norms to solve water problems hampers control over rational use of water resources, Talabani said.
It is possible to avoid water deficit in some arid countries only via equal distribution of water resources, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said during his speech. The biggest meeting on water resources organized by the World Water Council once in three years will run till March 22. The meeting's participants include heads of countries, governments, MPs, representatives of local authorities and over 3,000 public organizations. The meeting's key motto is Union for Water, RIA Novosti reported.
According to UN, growth of population, global climate change, growing demand for food and energy resources lead to growth of water consumption and aggravation of situation in developing countries.
Other regional crisis can aggravate and provoke political instability and different conflicts until water crisis is settled, the UN report says.
World Water Forums have been held since 1996. Earlier, the forums were held in Morocco, Netherlands, Japan and Mexico.