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Water diplomacy

Water diplomacy aims to resolve or reduce disagreements and conflicts over shared water resources to promote cooperation, regional stability, and peace.
Water covers approximately 70,9 % of the Earth’s surface.  It is essential for agriculture, and also as a source of food. Water transportation is the most effective method of moving large products across long distances. Goods are transported by boats through seas, rivers, lakes, and canals. Hydropower is a reliable and low-cost source of clean electricity. These facts alone demonstrate its economic importance as a source of natural wealth and energy.
In conclusion, water can be a source of conflict, it can be used as a weapon, or as a tool for peace. Governments and other participants need to create a framework through diplomatic activities with the goal of promoting dialogues between a broad spectrum of water users. 

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Resources

2014

Regional water cooperation in the Arab – Israeli Conflict: A case study of the West Bank

The conflict between Israel and Arab countries, with several devastating wars, is about territory and land, and maybe just as crucially on the water that flows through that land. This dissertation, an analysis of the management of water in the West Bank, as a case stud... Read more...

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