Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues: Cross-Border "Priority Initiatives" of the Good Water Neighbors Project

Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues: Cross-Border "Priority Initiatives" of the Good Water Neighbors Project

Source: EcoPeace Middle East, 2016

Countries: Israel, Jordan, Palestine

Topics: Cooperation, Governance, Renewable Resources

Added: 15/02/2017

 

Transboundary water cooperation can correlate with regional stability and peace. Engaging cross border communities and utilizing their mutual dependence on shared water resources as a basis for cooperation can lead to common problem solving and peace building among those communities even in the midst of conflict. In 2001, EcoPeace Middle East launched the “Good Water Neighbors” (GWN) program to raise awareness of the water problems shared by Palestinians, Jordanians, and Israelis. The GWN’s strategy of long-term deep work in the communities, sustaining a cross-border communication network, and insisting on addressing practical tangible issues and interests, rather than just peace or cooperation in general, has proven to bear fruits. The project has created real improvements in the water and environment sectors in many of the participating communities. Fifteen years ago, the project struggled to identify 11 communities who would agree to work together. After less than a decade, the project expanded to include 28 communities of which 14 communities share the Jordan River/Dead Sea Basin, and 14 communities share the Mountain and Coastal Aquifer and Coastal streams watersheds

 

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