Boiling Dry: How the EU Can Help Prevent Instability in the Water-Scarce Mahgreb

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Publication Date April 2022
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The Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) is increasingly suffering from water scarcity, among others due to the over-exploitation and mismanagement of water resources. Climate change worsens these pressures, causing more intense and frequent droughts, floods and fires, and making rainfall patterns less reliable throughout the year. It is in the EU’s interest to help the Maghreb to improve water security – both to be consistent with its own commitments to social and climate justice, and to prevent conflict. The EU has been increasing its investments in water management in the Maghreb as part of its wider climate and sustainable development priorities in the region, but it could do more.

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