Text Version
RSS Feeds
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
WB to study alternatives to save Dead Sea
+ -
18:20, July 28, 2008

 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
The World Bank (WB) will kick off a study on alternatives to save the shrinking Dead Sea later this year, including the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Program, local daily Jordan Times quoted a WB official on Monday.

"The World Bank is currently working on the terms of reference for the study of alternatives which is expected to take less than six months and will be conducted by a three-member entity representing Jordan, Palestinians and Israel," said Alexander McPhail, who is a senior water and sanitation specialist and task team leader of the Red Sea-Dead Sea conveyance studies at the WB.

Alternatives to be studied is expected to include stopping extracting water from Dead Sea's main source Jordan River, a Mediterranean-Dead Sea canal option or extending a water pipeline from Turkey, as well as the current Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Program, which was tabled in 2005, according to McPhail, who was in Amman Sunday to take part in a public stakeholders meeting to review progress on the Red Sea-Dead Sea program.

Another option is taking no action since all alternatives might prove unfeasible, added McPhail.

Experts have warned that the water level of Dead Sea is dropping at the rate of one meter every year, and its surface area currently stands at 630 square km, shrinking from historical 950 square km.


  Your Message:   Most Commented:
Sarkozy's conditions for Olympics visit met with anger by Chinese netizens
Central authorities to meet Dalai's representatives in early July
China warns U.S. legislators away from China's internal affairs
Miss Venezuela crowned Miss Universe 2008
Report: Clinton on Obama's VP potential list

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved