This book brings together leading international and regional scholars and experts to reflect on appropriate models of water governance for the Jordan River and Dead Sea basin. Decades of unilateral actions by the basin's riparians has left this valuable water resource in a state of ecological crisis. Growing water demand amid growing water scarcity in the Middle East requires an appropriate governance system for the basin that provides for both economic and ecological needs whilst also taking into consideration the complex political situation in the region. The chapters in this book provide needed insight in how to establish such a governance system drawing from international examples in other basins as well as from expertise in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. The book is thus a valuable contribution to those working in the field of water governance and management in transboundary settings.
Preface. I. Goldin. Introduction; C. Lipchin, D. Sandler. I: Water Under Fire: An International Challenge. A Long-term View of Water and Security: International Waters, National Issues and Regional Tensions; A. Wolf.- Investigating Incentives to Exaggerate the Risks of Water Wars; D. Katz.- 2.Water Governance for Sustainability in the Jordan River-Dead Sea Basin: Perspectives from Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. A Jordanian Socio-Legal Perspective on Water Management in the Jordan River-Dead Sea Basin; M. Haddadin.- Managing Jordan's Water Budget: Providing for Present and Future Needs; S. McIlwaine.- A Palestinian Socio-Legal Perspective on Water Management in the Jordan River-Dead Sea Basin; F. Daibes-Murad.- Managing Palestine's Water Budget: Providing for Present and Future Needs; K. Assaf.- 3. International Cooperation in Areas of Extreme Conditions. Managing Transboundary Waters in Extreme Environments: The Role of International Actors in Africa; M. Giordano & J.Lautze.- Transboundary Water Management in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin: Dynamics of Regional Cooperation, Sustainability and Governance; I. Mazlum.- How Investment in Wastewater Infrastructure Has Improved Water Quality Along the US-Mexico Border; D. Eaton and M. Dulay.- 4. Alternatives to Saving the Dead Sea: Opportunities and Risks. Working within the International Community. Saving the Dead Sea: The Mediterranean-Dead Sea Option; A. Israeli et al.- The Future of the Dead Sea: Is the Red Sea-Dead Sea Conduit the Right Solution?; E. Raz.- Greening the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project; D. Hoffman.- The "Peace Canal on the Golan" Proposal: Benefits and Risks to Regional Water Cooperation in the Middle East; B. Wachtel and A. Liel.- Socio-economic Perspectives. Using Stakeholder Engagement and Visualization and to Aid Decision-Making about Water Use in the Middle East; J. Fink and P. Gober.- An Economic Assessment of Dead Sea Preservation and Restoration; N. Becker and D. Katz.- Constructing an Adaptive Regional Vision of Water Development in the Jordan River Basin; E. Abitbol and S. Schoenfeld.