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News Water Conflict, Cooperation Policy Briefs Launched at World Water Week

Rivalries over water have been the source of disputes since humans settled down to cultivate food. But while users within a nation often fight over water, no nations have gone to war specifically over water resources for thousands of years. International water disputes are resolved peacefully, even as conflicts erupt over other issues.
Warnings of coming water wars have diverted attention from the benefits that can flow from the worlds transboundary river basins. By coming together to jointly manage their shared water resources, countries can build trust and help prevent conflict.
To bring these little-known opportunities to a wider audience, the Environmental Change and Security Program's Navigating Peace initiative has designed a series of short policy briefs that examines how water can contribute to cooperation between states, while addressing waters role in conflict within states. The briefs offer policy recommendations for using water resources management to head off conflict and to support sustainable peace among countries.
Released in time for the annual World Water Week meetings in Stockholm, Sweden, the first and second policy briefs, "Water Can Be a Pathway to Peace, Not War" and "The Challenges of Groundwater in Southern Africa" were distributed to water stakeholders, policymakers, and activists.

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News type Inbrief
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Source of information Wilson Center
Geographical coverage Sweden
News date 24/08/2006
Working language(s) ENGLISH