Seminars on Track-II Water Diplomacy in The Hague: Water as a permanent status issue in the Israeli – Palestinian negotiations

The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Geneva Initiative jointly organized a seminar on 1 and 2 May, 2014 in The Hague. This seminar was part of a series of meetings taking place in Israel, Palestine, and the Netherlands in order to further a project to review the existing Geneva Initiative Water Annex (2009) and to develop a supplementary paper to address outstanding issues not included in the Annex. This event was a civil society initiative and is not related to any formal negotiation within the context of the Middle East Peace Process.

The seminar, held under the Chatham House Rule and facilitated by The Hague Institute staff, enabled an open and frank exchange of ideas between participants from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and the Netherlands. The key purpose of the seminar was to provide an opportunity for the Geneva Initiative to meet Dutch experts in closed informal setting and to learn about other approaches to transboundary water management.

Issues discussed include:

  • Lessons learned from previous water agreements, the Oslo Accords and the Geneva Accord;
  • Existing transboundary cooperation and possible future cooperation in this field;
  • The water problem within the local, regional, and international context;
  • The impact of “mega projects”, mainly desalination projects;
  • Cooperation in transboundary wastewater and potential non-conventional water resources;
  • Future uncertainties such as the impact of climate change on water resources.

The seminar was financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Representative Office in Palestinian Territories and, The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

The second seminar took place on 28 and 29 August, 2014.

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