Rainwater harvesting in Switzerland?

Posted Posted in Europe, Fair Water Allocation, Natural Resources Management, News, Switzerland, Water Quality, Water Resources

Rainwater harvesting in Switzerland? You might think this would be mainly useful for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East? No! We do harvest rain water even in Switzerland. For humans and animals alike. As you can see on the map below, mean annual precipitation in Switzerland varies from semi-arid conditions of 545 mm/year […]

The history of Swiss Ice cube export to Paris!

Posted Posted in Europe, Natural Resources Management, News, Sustainable Tourism, Switzerland, Uncategorized, Water Resources

A visit to Vallée de Joux and the Glacière de Monlési in Val de Travers If you enjoyed an iced summer drink in Paris beginning 20th century, it was very likely to have ice cubes originating from Vallée de Joux in Switzerland. Until the 1940ies it was a common habit to cut huge ice cubes […]

European Water Castle: The Point of Origin

Posted Posted in Eastern Europe, Europe, Hydro-Politics, News, Political Geography, Switzerland, Water Resources

A drainage divide is defined as the line forming the exterior boundaries of a watershed, catchment, or river basin. It separates neighbouring drainage basins.  A continental drainage divide is the line from where the adjacent drainage basins discharge to the boundaries of the continent. In the case of Europe, one could regard the Mediterranean Sea […]

Fight about water: A legend from Switzerland

Posted Posted in Conflict Mitigation, Fair Water Allocation, Natural Resources Management, News, Peace and Conflict, Switzerland, Water Resources

Even though Switzerland is one of the most water rich and peaceful countries in the world, we have a long history of conflict and cooperation about water. In particular in the dry parts of Switzerland, where farmers rely on irrigation such as in the Canton of Wallis, there are numerous examples of water allocation schemes […]

Jordan, a river of peace, freedom and faith?

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Hydro-Politics, JordanRiver, Middle East, Natural Resources Management, News, Peace and Conflict, Political Geography, Water Resources

Jordan River refers to freedom for the Jews. According to Jewish tradition, the Israelites made a difficult and hazardous journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. Crossing Jordan River is the final step of the journey which then is complete. For Christians, Jordan River is holy. According to Christian faith, Jordan […]

Lebanon, Middle East - Water is important to start cooperation. But let's talk about something else first. Lucas Beck, 2018

Romance, love, and cooperation design through catalysts

Posted Posted in Conflict Mitigation, Fair Water Allocation, IWRM, Middle East, Natural Resources Management, News, Peace and Conflict, Water Resources

Even most bureaucratic cooperation is a little bit like a romantic relationship. It involves love, hate, drama, happiness, success, and daily life. And every romance starts with a first contact. It could be to meet at the petrol station, the read of an article or dating on the internet.Places and circumstances where we meet for […]

Art for Water

Posted Posted in Conflict Mitigation, Fair Water Allocation, Hydro-Politics, IWRM, Middle East, Natural Resources Management, News, Peace and Conflict

Through art we bring people together to reflect and discuss about water – An initiative for the Middle East. The social, political, and sectarian landscape in the Arab world is highly complex. Conflicts on various levels are no surprise. Among many other reasons, water contributes to more challenges in the region: Water, in terms of […]

Resilient, sustainable, and conflict sensitive water management in Lebanon

Posted Posted in Conflict Mitigation, Fair Water Allocation, Human Rights, Hydro-Politics, IWRM, Middle East, Natural Resources Management, News, Peace and Conflict, Political Geography, Water Policy, Water Quality, Water Resources

The society in Lebanon features a high diversity including religious and political aspects as well as a very complex class and tribal system. The Lebanese state has been relying on consociation demography regarding the political system since its independency in 1943. Lebanese society accommodates a high plurality and ensures that all voices of communities are […]