Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges

Sharon B. Megdal, Robert G. Varady, Susanna Eden

December 18, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780415662635 - CAT# K16637


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  • Explore recent research on water resource management in arid regions from multiple perspectives
  • Learn about sustainable, cost-effective solutions to water resource challenges in water scarce regions
  • Identify tools for water management and policy formation through comparative techniques employed in the chapters
  • Recognize the benefits of science diplomacy


This collection of papers examines water management in two of the world’s prominent, arid transboundary areas facing similar challenges. In the Middle East, the chronically water-short Israeli-Palestinian region has recognized the need both to conserve and supplement its traditional water sources. Across the globe on the North American continent, Arizona—a state in the southwestern United States bordering Mexico—relies significantly on the overallocated Colorado River, as well as on non-renewable groundwater supplies. For both regions, sustainable and cost-effective solutions clearly require innovative, multifaceted, and conflict-avoiding approaches.

This volume is predicated on the role that “science diplomacy” can play in resolving difficult water-related issues. The history of natural-resources disputes confirms that the scientific approach can reveal ways to overcome division. Experience has shown that scientifically-trained experts who are sensitive to sociopolitical conditions can assist in developing and evaluating feasible water management solutions.

The insights and expertise of a distinguished and diverse group of researchers fill these chapters. Contributors include established authorities as well as a number of budding scholars. In a field traditionally dominated by males and by engineers, this collection benefits from significant gender diversity and contributions from a broad spectrum of disciplines. Policymakers, water managers, specialists such as university researchers and consultants, and citizens all have an interest in finding sustainable strategies to address the many water-management issues discussed in this volume. The assembled papers underscore that much work remains to be done.