In cooperation with the European Commision’s Joint Research Centre, The Hague Institute for Global Justice organized a seminar on Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work.
Dr. Patrick Huntjens, Head of Water Diplomacy at The Hague Institute, gave a presentation covering a range of issues, including global water challenges, water and food insecurity at the roots of conflict, interstate water conflicts, and a research and policy agenda for water diplomacy. The seminar was followed by bilateral discussions on Joint Research Centre activities in Africa and the Mediterranean region and on the Atlas of Regional Water Cooperation and Conflicts.
Background: The availability and shared use of water resources determine the well-being, prosperity and stability of societies worldwide. Currently, the demand for fresh water is increasing everywhere, which is leading to situations of unbalanced distribution and tension among users. As such, water issues may deepen the divide that parties have on other issues. Water issues (local as well as transboundary) are complex because of their intricate coupling with multiple issues within the natural and societal domains. In cases of (potential) conflict, involved parties will need to find ways to address the tensions, in order to prevent escalation. Water diplomacy is expected to play an increasingly important role in preventing, mitigating and resolving the growing water tensions.
For more details contact the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre Communication Unit in Ispra: +39 0332 78 54 09