American Society of Civil Engineers

Water Resources of the GCC: International Aspects

by Remy L. de Jong, F.ASCE, (Water Mgmt. Consultant, 23 rue de Rouffach, 68250 Westhalten, France)

Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 115, No. 4, July/August 1989, pp. 503-510, (doi:

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Abstract: Rapid economic development in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council has led to major hydrologic stresses being laid on the aquifers underlying most of the Arabian Peninsula. These aquifers presently constitute the major local resource and, to a significant degree, they are shared across international boundaries. The “Basic Law” of the GCC provides necessary and sufficient rules for the creation of an international framework to manage these shared groundwater resources.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Middle East
Water resources
Water demand
Water distribution systems