Why the water nexus is such a hot topic for our industry – and the world


Water: It’s a human need and source of contention as old as civilisation itself.

Look no further than the ancient settlement of Mesopotamia, thought to be one of the earliest examples of civilisation. It is said that Mesopotamia – a region in the Middle East and Western Asia that would today comprise Iraq and parts of Iran, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey – is the site of the earliest developments of the Neolithic Revolution, from around 10,000 BC.

It has been widely identified as having inspired some of the most important developments in human history – from the invention of the wheel through to the first cereal crops and agriculture. It did so largely due to its location within the Tigris-Euphrates river system, which form the northeastern part of the Fertile Crescent, which also included the Jordan River valley and that of the Nile.

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