Water Management, Infrastructure, Negotiations and Cooperation: Use of the WAS Model
Infrastructure questions investigated include the necessity of desalination on the Mediterranean Coast and — for Jordan — the somewhat complicated interrelations of the various projects being considered to alleviate the coming water crisis in Amman (including the Disi fossil aquifer and the oft-discussed Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal.)
It is shown how the WAS model can assist negotiations. Estimates of the effects of the water loss to Israel in the event of a return of the Golan to Syria or the pumping of the Hasbani by Lebanon show the effects to be small.
The possible effects of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in water are evaluated and shown to be a win-win situation for both parties.
The WAS model provides a powerful tool for domestic infrastructure analysis. More importantly, water is shown not to be worth war and to be a potential source of cooperation.
KeywordsConflict Resolution Cooperation Cost-Benefit Analysis Negotiations Optimal Management
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