Before analysing the MENA region's experience in managing its water in the different types of political economy, a brief quantification of the region's water will be provided. Its other freshwater resources - surface waters - will also be shown to provide a context. The very limited soil water resources1 have not been estimated for the individual economies; however, a rough estimate for this chapter is provided. This number is necessary to make it possible to provide an estimated water budget for the region that approximates to its water needs. Surface and soil water will not be analysed in detail. They will be referred to when they are the most important or very significant elements in an economy's water use.
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