Libya in agreement with Egypt, Chad and Sudan on sharing underground water

Tripoli, 20 September 2013:

Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan have signed a UN-backed agreement  on the shared use of a massive underground aquifer system straddling the four countries known as the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System.  Containing an estimated 150,000 cubic kilometres of  fossil water, it covers an area of two million square kilometres.

The Strategic Action Programme, signed in Vienna on Wednesday at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), commits the four countries to share the aquifer fairly. It also commits them to set up a Joint Authority to manage the aquifer system.

IAEA . . .

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