In many parts of the world water resources traverse political boundaries. The sustainable management of these transboundary water resources by necessity requires regional cooperation among riparian states. Coupled with physical water scarcity is increasing demand for water by growing populations and expanding economic sectors. In regions in which political relations are fragile, these tensions can prevent the establishment of a lasting peace or even erupt into active conflict.
In the proposed IRSES program, we will study the Jordan River basin, shared by Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, and the Guadiana River basin, shared by Portugal and Spain. The objective of this program is to provide a scientific forum for the establishment of a common ground for these basins as case studies of conflict and cooperation in river basin management and to identify the principles and mechanisms that both promote and hinder cooperation. Lessons learned from this project can be applied to other transboundary river basins in Europe and throughout the world.
FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES Marie Curie Action "International Research Staff Exchange Scheme".
Partners: Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for Transboundary Water Research, Israel; Ce3c- Centre for ecology Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal; Masar Center, Jordan; Wastewater Engineers Group, Palestine.
WP coordinator: Pedro Pinho.