Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management in the Middle East

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Alon Tal, Alfred Abed Rabbo
Rutgers University Press, 2010 - Business & Economics - 332 pages
Israel and Palestine are water scarce. As the peace process continues amidst ongoing violence, water remains a political and environmental issue. Water Wisdom is model for those who believe that water conflict can be an opportunity for cooperation rather than violence. Thirty leading Palestinian and Israeli activists, water scientists, politicians, and others met to develop a future vision for the sustainable shared management of water resources. Their work explores the full range of scientific, political, social, and economic issues related to water use in the region; acknowledges areas of continuing controversy; and identifies areas of agreement.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Characterizing Water Resources
11
Past Water Agreements and Their Implementation
41
The Water Culture of Israelis and Palestinians
65
Water Legislation
79
Groundwater Management
101
Stream Restoration
125
DrinkingWater Standards
151
Desalination
227
The Jordan River Basin
249
Gazas Water Situation
265
Citizen Involvement
281
The Role of Third Parties in Conflict Resolution
295
Cooperative Water Management Strategies
311
Contributors
323
Index
327

Sewage Treatment
173
Agriculture and Water
193

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ALON TAL is on the faculty of Ben Gurion University of the Negev where he conducts interdisciplinary research on water management, biodiversity, desertification, and development policy. Previously he was the founding director of Adam Teva Vadin (The Israel Union for Environmental Defense), Israel's leading environmental advocacy organization, and chairman of Life Environment, Israel's Green NGO Umbrella Group. ALFRED ABED RABBO is on the faculty of Bethlehem University, specializing in environmental chemistry with a particular interest in water science, and the founder and director of the university's Water and Soil Environmental Research Unit. He is author and coauthor of many books and publications.

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