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Book Release: Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

February 2014

Water is a basic human need, and despite predictions of "water wars", shared waters have proven to be the natural resource with the greatest potential for interstate cooperation and local confidence building. Water management plays a very important role in rebuilding trust after conflict and in preventing a return to conflict.Featuring 19 case studies and analyses of experiences from 28 countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding draws on the experiences of 35 researchers and practitioners from around the world. This publication provides a framework for understanding how decisions governing water resources in post-conflict settings can facilitate or undermine peacebuilding. The lessons will be of value to practitioners in international development and humanitarian initiatives, policy makers, students, and others interested in post-conflict peacebuilding and the nexus between water management and conflict.
The book is part of a global initiative to identify and analyze lessons in post-conflict peacebuilding and natural resource management (see www.environmentalpeacebuilding.org). The project has generated six edited books of case studies and analyses, with contributions from practitioners, policy makers, and researchers. Other books in this series address high-value resources, assessing and restoring natural resources, land, livelihoods and governance.
Edited by Erika Weinthal, Jessica Troell, & Mikiyasu NakayamaSeries: Post-Conflict Peacebuilding & Natural Resource ManagementPublished February 2014 by Earthscan (Routledge)
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