Guidelines for the Environmental Sound Management of Seawater Desalination
Plants in the Mediterranean Region

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prepared for United Nations Environment Programme
Coordinating Unit for the Mediterranean Action Plan
Marine Pollution Assessment and Control Programme

by Sabine Lattemann

Demographic growth and intense socio-economic activity in the Mediterranean region cause freshwater resources to become an increasingly rare asset. The prospect of severe water shortage, which restricts future development, stresses the need for new strategies in the field of water resources management. Desalination is already a well-established industry in some coastal areas of the Mediterranean, but will become increasingly important in the future. The sea as a source for fresh water seems to be unlimited and the potential for growth in the desalination sector is enormous. However, seawater desalination is an industrial process which may have adverse effects on the coastal environment if not well designed and managed. The causes are e.g. a changed land use in the coastal zone, disturbance during the construction phase and emissions into air, ground or water during plant operation.

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Related Documents
The guidelines for the Environmental Sound Management of Seawater Desalination Plants
in the Mediterranean Region were prepared under consideration of the following documents:
4 Draft Assessment of the Sea Water Desalination Activities
in the Mediterranean Region and Environmental Impacts
4 Draft Recommendations for the Preparation of Guidelines
for the Management of Sea Water Desalination in the Mediterranean
4 Report of the Experts Meeting on Environmentally Sound Management
of Sea Water Desalination Plants and Brine Discharges, Forli, Italy, 16 – 18 May 2002
4 Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea
by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft
4 Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea
against Pollution from Land-Based Sources

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