Middle East Water
Arizona, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories are arid/semi-arid lands that face similar water challenges. The Water Resources Research Center has been working to facilitate communication and develop partnerships related to water management and policy in the Middle East. The focus has been on the critical water issues of water-stressed regions and transboundary waters. In 2009 the WRRC hosted a workshop that brought together Arizona, Israeli and Palestinian water leaders. Managers, NGO representatives, students, and scholars from a range of disciplines gathered to better understand water management challenges and to consider solutions. Since then, there have been numerous projects, programs, and opportunities for sharing and analysis of these regions’ water management successes and challenges.
WRRC faculty and colleagues have published books, book chapters, papers and columns, on water management and policy topics in Arizona and the Middle East. Presentations at workshops and conferences around the globe as well as roundtable discussions and invited talks provide opportunities for information exchange about shared water concerns, innovative advances, and management strategies to provide safe and reliable water supplies.
This collection of papers, published in 2012, examines water management in two of the world’s prominent, arid transboundary areas facing similar challenges. In the Middle East, the chronically water-short Israeli-Palestinian region has recognized the need both to conserve and supplement its traditional water sources. Across the globe on the North American continent, Arizona—a state in the southwestern United States bordering Mexico—relies significantly on the overallocated Colorado River, as well as on non-renewable groundwater supplies. For both regions, sustainable and cost-effective solutions clearly require innovative, multifaceted, and conflict-avoiding approaches. More
Arizona, Israeli, and Palestinian Water Management and Policy Workshop (AzIP)
The Arizona, Israeli, and Palestinian Water Management and Policy Workshop, conducted in 2009 in Tucson, focused on critical water issues of the three arid and semi-arid regions. The workshop brought together researchers and policy experts from all three regions to identify solutions to common water management challenges. It was an opportunity to work on shared water concerns faced by arid and semi-arid regions including transborder water issues, water shortages, poor water quality and effective governance. The workshop also built the groundwork for future collaboration on projects and programs to solve some of the water issues facing these drought stricken areas.