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Water and Conflict: Incorporating Peacebuilding into Water Development

A 2009 report published by Catholic Relief Services thoughtfully explores the application of peacebuilding concepts and mediation techniques to conflicts over water. The 149-page report entitled Water and Conflict: Incorporating Peacebuilding into Water Development was written by Jason Gehrig with Mark M. Rogers. A CRS symposium was held to review and discuss the report findings and summary is available online.
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The document covers a lot of ground, so here is the table of contents for your consideration.

PART 1 WATER, CONFLICT, AND COOPERATION: BACKGROUND
CHAPTER I WATER AND CONFLICT
Lack of Access to Water as “Structural Violence”
Water Conflict on the Local, National, International, and Global Levels
Water as Target, Tool, and/or Goal in Conflicts
Section 1 Historical Perspective and Future Trends
- Water-Related Conflict between Nations
- Water-Related Conflict within Nations
Section 2 Underlying Causes of Water-Related Conflict
- Socio-Economic Factors
- Institutional/Political Factors
- Environmental Factors

CHAPTER II PRINCIPLES FOR WATER AND COOPERATION
Section 1 CRS Peacebuilding Principles and Integral Human Development
Section 2 Catholic Social Teaching Principles Applied to Water
Section 3 Indigenous Perspectives on Water
Section 4 Gender and Water
Section 5 United Nations Declaration of Water as a Human Right
Section 6 Millennium Development Goals
Section 7 Water and Warfare: Provisions of International Humanitarian Law Protecting Water
- During Armed Conflict
- During Military Occupation

PART 2 PUTTING PEACEBUILDING PRINCIPLES INTO WATER PRACTICE
CHAPTER III FRAMING WATER DEVELO PMENT WITHIN A PEACEBUILDING PARADIGM
Section 1 Points for Reflection
- Ethical Obligations
- Being the Peace We Strive to Promote
Section 2 Peacebuilding: A Widening of Perspective, An Embracing of Change

CHAPTER IV APPLYING PEACEBUILDING AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION TO WATER AND SANITATION PROGRAMMING
Section 1 Peacebuilding Perspectives for Guiding a Water Development Agenda
- “Root Cause/Justice”
- “Building Relationships”
- “Institutional Development”
- “Appropriate Technology/Development Approach”
Section 2 Water-Related Conflict Transformation Tools and Techniques
- Preparation and Groundwork
- Planning and Negotiation
- Implementation and Monitoring
Section 3 Applications of Peacebuilding Methods to Conflict Scenarios
- Scenario 1 Upstream-Downstream
- Scenario 2 Outside Interventions
- Scenario 3 Extractive Industries
- Scenario 4 Access to Water Supply
- Scenario 5 Forced Migration Induced by Natural Disaster or Armed Conflict
Conclusion

Spotted via a post by Tommi Drum in the nice updated ACR Environmental and Public Policy Section website.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 06 18 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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