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Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management in the Middle East
edited by Alon Tal and Alfred Abed Rabbo
contributions by Marcia Gelpe, Karen Assaf, Dror Avisar, Nader El-Khateeb, Avital Gasith, Yaron Hershkovitz, Ramy Halperin, Khalil Tubail, Yossi Inbar, Said Assaf, Alon Ben-Gal, Nahed Ghbn, Yaakov Garb, Nancy Rumman, Richard Laster, Dan Livney, Yousef Abu-Mayla, Eilon Adar, Iyad Aburdeineh, Gidon Bromberg, Alfred Abed Rabbo, Lucy Michaels, NaÆama Teschner, Robin Twite, Marwan Haddad, Eran Feitelson, Alfred Rabbo, Amjad Aliewi, Anan Jayousi, Dorit Kerret, Ziad Abdeen, Clive Lipchin and Hiba Husseini
Rutgers University Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-0-8135-4977-4 | Paper: 978-0-8135-4771-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-4770-1
Library of Congress Classification HD1698.M53W387 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 333.9100956


Israel and Palestine are, by international criteria, water scarce. As the peace process continues amidst ongoing violence, water remains a political and environmental issue. Thirty leading Palestinian and Israeli activists, water scientists, politicians, and others met and worked together to develop a future vision for the sustainable shared management of water resources that is presented in Water Wisdom. Their essays explore the full range of scientific, political, social, and economic issues related to water use in the region; acknowledge areas of continuing controversy, from access rights to the Mountain Aquifer to utilization of waters from the Jordan River; and identify areas of agreement, disagreement, and options for resolution. Water Wisdom is a model for those who believe that water conflict can be an opportunity for cooperation rather than violence.

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