Desert of Al’Isawiyah (Saudi Arabia)
Duration: February 1986 - February 2004
Rich in oil but poor in water, Saudi Arabia has an exceptionally dry climate.
However, petro-dollars can accomplish many things especially when they are allied
with technology. The Kingdom has financed a vast irrigation programme in certain
arid regions. Mechanised sprinklers on a centre-pivot, supplied by water from
an ancient aquifer (non-renewable), produce perfectly circular fields.
Pascal Peduzzi (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva)
Global Change and Vulnerability
UNEP region: West Asia/Arabian Peninsula
Ecosystems Management, Environmental Governance
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