Long-term, rights-based approach to water crisis needed in JordanListen /
There needs to be a holistic, rights-based approach to Jordan's water and sanitation strategies, according to a United Nations independent expert.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, said that Jordan is at a critical moment as it struggles with severe water shortage issues.
Wrapping up a six-day visit to Jordan, de Albuquerque said the existing emergency measures to deal with the water scarcity problem are not sufficient or sustainable.
She called on the Jordanian Government to make water for human consumption the highest priority and to "explicitly recognize the human rights to water and sanitation in the law".
Jordan is one of the three most water-scarce countries in the world.
The severe shortage of water has been exacerbated by drought, depletion of groundwater reserves, population growth, the inflow of migrant workers and climate change.
Several waves of refugees from Syria have also added to the problem.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.