New project on Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work


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 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.

Memorandum of Understanding signed by WDC members

WDC_square_smallThe Water Diplomacy Consortium is pleased to announce that the heads of its member organizations has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their interest and intention to collaborate, building further upon joint activities such as the Water Security and Peace Conference in November 2013 and the regular meetings of the partners to develop a joint long-term cooperation program on water diplomacy.  Continue reading

Mariska Heijs

HeijsMariska Heijs is Training and Research Fellow at Clingendael Institute. She is responsible for developing trainings in the field of water diplomacy and water negotiations and she coordinates training programmes for diplomats from the Arab region and the Caucasus. She has wide ranging expertise in development cooperation, human rights and asylum and migration issues. She teaches communication skills, project management and political analysis for diplomats. Before she joined Clingendael, she worked for the Dutch organisation responsible for the reception of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Continue reading