A group of researchers have joined forces under the umbrella of "Fanack" to cover the MENA region's water issues. Fanack refers to the Saharan desert fox, the Fennec. This small fox is known for its large ears and sharp eyesight, making it a keen observer of its surroundings – just as the researchers aim to be.
Based in the Netherlands, Fanack targets readers between ages of 18 and 35. They promise unbiased information and deep analyses on history, politics, economic development, social issues, and most recently Islamic finance, energy and water.
In a presentation at the Climate Communicator Network Meeting held in Alexandria's Swedish Institute, and organized by AUC's Kamal Adham Center for TV Journalism, senior editor Gül Özerol introduced Fanack Water to environmentalists and environmental journalists. Water is important, she said, in that it is the main source of life, and it thus can be turned into a weapon. She described how ISIS used control over the waters of the River Euphrates as a weapon against pro-government forces in western Iraq last year.
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