WDC Seminar on (international) water conflicts

Programme Water and Peace
Finished December 04, 2014
On 4 December 2014 the Water Diplomacy Consortium (WDC) hosted a seminar on (international) water conflicts at the Peace Palace: "Water as a driver for international cooperation and trust building". Each member organization of the consortium contributed to the seminar. 

Presentations were given by:


  • Mariska Heijs (Clingendael) on “The role of water diplomacy in preventing water conflicts”;
  • Patrick Huntjens (The Hague Institute for Global Justice) on “Mediation in the Israeli/Palestinian water conflict”;
  • Joop de Schutter (UNESCO-IHE) on “Water diplomacy research and education at UNESCO-IHE, with Central Asia as a case example”;
  • Maarten Hofstra (Water Governance Centre) on “The importance of good water governance”.

Henk van Schaik (UPEACE The Hague) chaired the seminar and moderated the discussion with the around 50 participants from several countries and with multiple professions.


The goal of the seminar was to learn more about the mechanisms and processes that drive water conflicts, and which skills and ethics are required to turn water conflicts into mutual cooperation. However, more importantly, the event provided ample opportunity to get acquainted with water (diplomacy) professionals. One of the conclusions was that water can be a driver for trust, cooperation, peace and security in (international) water basins.


The report may be downloaded from the right side of this page.

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