Water in the Syrian Conflict: In- and Post-Conflict Challenges
Maison de la paix, Geneva
Access to safe water is a critical issue across Syria, where water infrastructure has been severely damaged by the fighting and looting: springs, wells and hydraulic networks have been deliberately targeted to interrupt water supply in certain sectors. Access to water is one of the main causes of population displacement - more than 4 million have fled the country and 7 million are internally displaced. Destruction of irrigation networks, water diversion and the lack of energy have led to a drastic decline in agricultural production.
Improving access to safe water is a top priority, particularly in areas hosting a large number of refugees. Beyond emergency relief, the restoration of water infrastructure and the management of water will be key elements in the post-conflict transition period.
The discussion will focus on the strategic importance of water from an in-and post conflict perspective, the role of Syrian civil society organisations, and transboundary effects in Lebanon and Turkey.
The Graduate Institute leads a research programme on the Orontes River basin which is one of the most conflict-affected regions in the country. The programme benefits from the financial support of the Global Program Water Initiatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
- Ronald Jaubert, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
- Ahmed Haj Asaad, University of Lausanne
- Marie-Laure Chambrade, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon
- Omar Shamali, Geoexpertise (tbc)
- Ihab Jomaa, Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (tbc)
- Kanj Hamade, Lebanese University
- Aysegul Kibaroglu, MEF University Istanbul
Moderator: Myriam Saadé-Sbeih, the Graduate Institute