Water diplomacy at Stockholm World Water Week

Thehagueinstitute_logo_cropThe Hague Institute hosted two events on climate and water at the jubilee edition of the World Water Week in Stockholm on 24 and 25 of August, respectively. This year’s theme ‘Water for Development’ coincides with the institute’s ambition to inform the negotiations and formulation of a new set of global commitments, including the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, a climate change agreement, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Continue reading

New Jordan Valley ‘Marshall Plan’ brings hope for future Palestinian prosperity

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A consortium of leading environmental groups released a Regional NGO Master Plan for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley. They announced the action – the first of its kind – earlier today at a conference held on the Jordan side of the Dead Sea. The strategy is akin to a modern Marshall Plan; it aims to convert a toxic river and highly depressed economic area into an international model for river rehabilitation and regional stability. Continue reading

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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Seminar: International Water Conflicts

WDC_square_smallThe Water Diplomacy Consortium (WDC) is hosting a seminar on international water conflicts, at the Peace Palace on 4 December 2014. This seminar is financially supported by the City of The Hague. This seminar is part of the WDC’s outreach activities, which take place regularly to promote completed and ongoing work by the consortium members and to exchange knowledge and experiences with like-minded organizations in the Netherlands and abroad. Continue reading

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.

Water Security and Peace Conference 2013

logo-water-diplomacy-consortiumThe Water Diplomacy Consortium has organized an International Conference on Water Security and Peace in the Peace Palace on 14-15 November 2013. The conference has convened over 100 experts in the fields of diplomacy, international water legislation, transboundary and intrastate water conflicts, and conflict resolution. Continue reading