Midterm review of the SDC WASH Technical Resources Unit, Cox’s Bazar Project Office, Bangladesh

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asia, Backstopping, Evaluation, News, WASH

In 2017, an estimated 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district. Adding to a refugee population of 200,000 already living there. The response by the international community since then has been tremendous with numerous International Organisations (NGOs, IGOs, INGOs, etc) providing emergency services to the refugees. The Project […]

Course in Water Diplomacy

Posted Posted in Africa, Conflict Mitigation, Fair Water Allocation, Hydro-Politics, IWRM, Natural Resources Management, News, Nile River Basin, Peace and Conflict, Water Diplomacy, Water Policy, Water Resources

In the week from 26 to 29 October 2020 I had the pleasure to facilitate a workshop in Water Diplomacy, organized by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).  The workshop included negotiation training, power mapping, insights in legal background and of course many discussions about International River Basins and water related challenges. Participants […]

“الشرق الأوسط ليس بحاجة إلى مساعدات، بل إلى استثمار قدراته البشرية وموارده”

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Middle East, News, Project development, Project Management

“What is most needed in the Middle East is investment in human capital and resources.” See my first publication in Arabic on www.swissinfo.ch من أجل تجنب وقوع كارثة جديدة مثل انفجار بيروت في الرابع من أغسطس، فإننا بحاجة إلى إنشاء هياكل مستقرة محليًا وخلق مناخ جيد وبيئة قادرة على استثمار الموارد المتاحة بنجاح، يقول لوكاس بيك، مهندس […]

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 […]