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News Regional Water Cooperation and Peacebuilding in the Middle East - Case study now online

In the semi-arid to arid climatic conditions of the Middle East, water resources management is a contentious issue between parties sharing the same water resources. On the other hand, solving water problems has been identified as a topic of common interest to Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians. The implementation of joint water-related projects is therefore seen as a hopeful sign and related projects have received substantial funding from the international donor community, especially the US and EU.

This case study seeks to deepen the understanding of how the peacebuilding effects of regional water cooperation can best be harnessed, supported and sustained. It analyses two existing initiatives involving Jordanians, Israelis and Palestinians: the Good Water Neighbors project and the Regional Water Data Banks Project. The case analysis focusses on the design and implementation of cooperative processes, as both the form and content of cooperation are critical for peacebuilding. Building on the analysis of the two cases, as well as on broader knowledge on water cooperation, the report concludes with recommendations for funding agencies and third parties.  

This case study has been prepared by Adelphi Research within the framework of the EU-funded Initiative for Peacebuilding ( The full case study report is available at:

Contact information Annika Kramer, Research Fellow, Adelphi Research gGmbH; Caspar-Theyss-Str. 14a; D - 14193 Berlin (email:
Phone: +49 (30) 89 000 68 - 70, Fax: +49 (30) 89 000 68 - 10
News type Inbrief
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Source of information Adelphi Research gGmbH
Geographical coverage Jordan, Palestine, Israel
News date 10/02/2009
Working language(s) ENGLISH