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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New master’s program on water cooperation and peace

unesco-ihe_cropUNESCO-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.

Water conflicts in Yemen

Thehagueinstitute_logo_cropThe Hague Institute for Global Justice, with UNESCO-IHE, Utrecht University, METAMETA, and Yemen-based researchers have recently completed a project with the aim to better understand the political economy of Yemeni water management as a precondition for effective conflict prevention and resolution. Through field research in three areas across Yemen, including nine case-studies, the project resulted in policy recommendations regarding competition over groundwater in highlands, conflicts over surface water in ephemeral rivers, and peri-urban competition. The final report will be available online soon.