- ACCIONA emphasized that humanity faces the great challenge of being able to feed a growing population in a context of climate change and resource scarcity
ACCIONA has presented its different sustainable solutions for irrigation, such as desalination and water reuse, during the COP 28, held in Dubai. The presentation has been made by Julio de la Rosa, ACCIONA Middle East Business Development Director for Water business at the Water Pavilion of the COP 28.
During the talk, Julio emphasized that humanity faces the great challenge of being able to feed a growing population in a context of climate change and resource scarcity. He also highlighted that the main resource needed for any agricultural activity is water and that, being efficient in irrigated agriculture, means that for every drop of water we need to produce more kilos of food.
Given the climate change we are experiencing, the instability in rainfall causes more frequent long periods of drought and when the rains come, they are torrential. Therefore, the supply of water from non-conventional sources such as desalination and reuse are of extreme importance.
Thanks to these techniques, a guaranteed supply of water in quantity and quality is achieved, which is vital for any business plan of agricultural entrepreneurs.
In this context, it is essential to reduce the price of desalinated and reused water, for example using green energies. ACCIONA accompanies irrigation communities in their integral management with the aim of improving efficiency and reducing costs.
The event was attended by the Ministers of Water in Egypt and Morocco in addition to UNDP Regional Director for Arab States aiming for a potential UNDP initiative to support water desalination and reclamation technologies as climate change adaptation actions.