Kathleen K. Schwind

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Restructuring the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee

How can the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee (JWC) be restructured as a problem-solving entity and how can this newly structured JWC contribute to mutual water security in the region? While the Israel-Palestine conflict remains unresolved, thousands in the region lack a reliable water source. Climate change continues to exacerbate water scarcity, while new technologies like desalination are changing the nature of the relationship between the two parties. There is a deeply rooted sense of distrust, and political tensions have stalled fruitful water collaboration. A restructured JWC could help facilitate collaboration, rekindle trust between the water negotiators and experts on both sides, demonstrate that mutually water security could be reached, and help provide Israelis and Palestinians with the water they need.

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