UNESCO-IHE is developing a new master’s program on water cooperation and peace jointly with the University for Peace in Costa Rica and Oregon State University. This programme will. amongst other things, provide a contextualized approach to conflict and peace, a theoretical dimension to conflict, consider multi-level scales of conflict dimensions and strengthen skills through training and fieldtrips. The programme is intended to being in summer 2015.
UNESCO-IHE will be running its two three week short courses on water conflict management from 2 March to 17 April 2015. These courses are intended for current and future water managers, decision makers and others involved in integrated water resources management. The courses cover a number of concepts and skills that can be applied in the context of water conflict management. Guest speakers contribute to these courses from institutions such as the Clingendael Institute in The Hague and Oregon State University in the US.
The 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.