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Abstract Details

Family Name:
Al Hosani
First Name:
Title of Paper:
Mapping Public Water Consumption Patterns as Indicator of Green Economy Performance in Abu Dhabi
Paper Proposal Text :
According to statement of the United Nations marking the Water for Life Decade – 2005 -2015, the success of green economy depends on sustainable, integrated and resource-efficient management of water resources. Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates is enmeshed in definite water crises where demand for fresh water far outpaces natural supply and replenishment. Ironically, Abu Dhabi’s average daily water consumption exceeds averages from the UK, US, Australia and Canada. This study seeks to map out patterns of public water consumption along gender, education, age, marital status, area of residence, and occupation variables for the city residence. The researchers used a questionnaire to elicit information from a sample of respondents resident in the city and its surroundings areas. The respondents were asked questions on food consumption, domestic water use, outdoor water consumption, and industrial goods consumption. Data analysis was conducted using a water footprint calculator developed by Enschede based Water Foot Print Network. Calculation of the city’s population consumption of goods and services creates impression of individuals’ impact on resources and an understanding of patterns, directions and impact on green economy strategies. In cities like Abu Dhabi, planning for sustainable future must involve measuring and mapping of resource consumption and implications of that on water resource consumption. Therefore, the expected findings of this study will go long way in highlighting to policymakers and other stakeholders how individuals water footprints through economic and social needs exerts pressure on the limited water resources of the city. The expected results would indicate how public water resources consumption indicates the direction of green economy strategies for the city. The findings might be instructive for authorities sector to engage the public on how best to live a life of reduced water footprints and strengthen the present strategies for achieving green economy in the United Arab Emirates.