New project on Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work

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The Hague Institute has recently launched a new project on “Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work”. The aim of the project, which will run from 2015 to 2017, is to identify and operationalize the key factors that contribute to the transformation of water conflicts to cooperation over water. Our approach is to undertake state-of-the-art research, actively facilitate stakeholder dialogues, and train facilitators in a number of case studies. We choose to actively engage with the key stakeholders involved in the water conflicts as to assert mutual learning, create trust and a profound dialogue. The case study research will be undertaken in the Jordan Basin in the Middle East as well as in Brahmaputra-Ganges-Meghna Basin in South Asia.

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Integrated Transboundary Master Plan for the Lower Jordan River Basin

Thehagueinstitute_logo_cropBuilding on the framework of three important elements — access, security and sustainability — this Transboundary Master Plan for the Lower Jordan River Basin seeks to integrate the disparate water management plans of Jordan, Israel and Palestine in an effort to produce a healthy ecosystem, distribute water fairly and provide open public access to the river. The Hague Institute has been contracted to lead the work on water governance and stakeholder participation.

Water as a Permanent Status Issue in the Israeli – Palestinian Negotiations

Thehagueinstitute_logo_cropThe Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Geneva Initiative are jointly organizing two seminars in The Hague: on 1-2 May and 27-28 November 2014. These seminars are part of a series of meetings taking place in Israel, Palestine, and the Netherlands in order to further a project to review the existing Geneva Initiative Water Annex (2009) and to develop a supplementary paper to address outstanding issues not included in the Annex. This event is a civil society initiative and is not related to any formal negotiation within the context of the Middle East Peace Process.

Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work

Thehagueinstitute_logo_cropThe Hague Institute for Global Justice, in collaboration with Netherlands-based as well as international partners, has initiated a project aiming to analyze effective cooperation over shared water resources, and to operationalize this knowledge for academic and advisory work and diplomatic support services. The project includes comparative analyses of cooperation processes in the Jordan, Mekong, Rhine and Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basins among others, upscaling of best practices, process facilitation combined with action research, and capacity building, e.g. by means of on-the-job training for water professionals in the respective facilitation cases.