Water-Energy Nexus and the Middle East Peace Process
Gidon Bromberg, Director, EcoPeace/Friends of the Middle East, Israel
Nader Khateeb, Director, EcoPeace/Friends of the Middle East, Palestine
Munqeth Mehyar, Director, EcoPeace/Friends of the Middle East, Jordan
Further speakers TBC
Chair: Dr Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham House
The use and distribution of water resources is a critical, emotive and politicized issue in the Middle East yet frequently ignored in historical negotiations and peace initiatives. Recent developments suggest this could change. For example, in December 2013 Jordan, Palestine and Israel signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding to support the management of scarce water resources, including cooperation on a desalination plant on the Red Sea.
The speakers will make the case that water and energy exchanges could foster more sustainable interdependence - and peaceful relations - between countries in the region. Their presentation will cover the current water and sanitation situation in Palestine and Israel, with a particular focus on their impact on people’s lives in the West Bank. Speakers will also discuss recommendations for addressing shared water issues within the political framework of the Middle East peace process and suggest how further regional stability could be built on linkages between water and energy, once a comprehensive final water agreement between Israelis and Palestinians is reached.