Jordan River Basin
Selected links to literature on water and politics in the Jordan River basin
What follows below is - of course - not a comprehensive list of articles and websites that deal with water politics in the Jordan River basin, but a selection of some interesting samples of information (and some publicity for my own work).
Listing these references doesn't automalically mean thit I agree with their content.
- The research guide on 'International Water Courses' from the library of the Peace Palace (International Court of Justice) in The Hugue. It refers researchers to items in the catalogue of the library, including literature on water in the Middle East and Jordan River basin.
It is an excellent tool for research, especially when working in close vicinity of the Peace Palace library.
- Inventory of shared water resources in Western Asia: Jordan River Basin, Western Aquifer Basin and the Basalt Aquifer System (Yarmouk Basin).
These are sections from a broader 2013 report on shared water resources in the Middle East for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
- AQUASTAT - FAO: Jordan River Basin.
- The site of the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem, a Palestinian research group, with various articles on water quality and quantity in Israel and the Occupied Territories, published by its Water Research Unit.
- B'tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied
Territories): The water crisis.
References to material related to water resources in the context of the Israeli occupation policies.
Some older, but still important texts include: 'Not even a drop: water crisis in Palestinian villages' (2001), 'Thirsty for a solution: the water shortage in the Occupied Territories and its solution in the Final Status Agreement' (2000), 'Disputed waters: Israel's responsibility for the water shortage in the Occupied Territories' (1998).
- S. Deconinck (2006), 'Drôle de guerre? The Wazzani-incident in the summer of 2002'.
- S. Deconinck (2002), 'Israeli water policy in a regional context of conflict: prospects for sustainable development for Israelis and Palestinians?'.
- S. Deconinck (2001), L'eau dans le conflit israélo-palestinien, dans: Paix et développement - pourqoui? comment?: signes des temps. Bruxelles, Pax Christi Wallonnie-Bruxelles.
- S. Deconinck, Öl ins Feuer - Wasser im israelisch-palästinensischen Konflikt. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, Mai 2001.
- Comment by Stefan Deconinck: water shortages in Israel: the drought of a conflict (June 2000).
- S. Deconinck, Comment on the outcome of the IPCRI Working Group Forum of Palestinian and Israeli Parliamentarians in Ramallah on 27 August 1998.
- European Commission: Follow up to the European Parliament resolution on the situation of the Jordan River with special regard to the Lower Jordan River area (23/11/2010).
The resolution addresses the devastation of the Jordan River and the Lower Jordan due, inter alia, to overexploitation, pollution, mismanagement and lack of regional cooperation. It calls on the authorities of all riparian countries to cooperate and rehabilitate the Jordan River by elaborating and implementing policies focusing on tangible results in domestic and agricultural water demand management, water conservation, and the management of sewage and agricultural and industrial effluents as well as to ensure that an adequate quantity of fresh water flows into the Lower Jordan River.
- Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), overview of publications on 'Water and the peace process' and their projects on water and environment ('Good warer neighbours', the Read-Dead conduit, ...) .
- Global Nature Fund: Transboundary Master Planning of the Lower Jordan River Basin (2012-2015).
This project puts together internationally renowned experts of transboundary water management, local stakeholders, citizen participants, and NGOs from the three riparian countries.
- United Nations - Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (1992), Water resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
- D. Zaslavsky, Definition of Israel's
water problems - water as a methaphor. Lecture on June 14, 2000.
A bit old, but as a former Israeli water Commissioner this contribution by Zaslavsky is still important.