The Energy, Water and Environment Communities (EWE) is seeking, through a range of academic and practical initiatives, to encourage the emergence of cooperative communities in the Middle East.
This research-led network of academic institutions, legal practitioners, policy makers, civil society leaders, and business representatives, addresses urgent issues of environmental security and, in doing so, lays a new path to assist the long route to peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa.
The project focuses on environmental cooperation and integration around the interconnected issues of water, energy and environment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Based on the environmental interdependencies and shared interests that arise from growing water resource and energy needs in the MENA region, EWE's model for international security engages specialists and policymakers in collaborative, multinational pursuits for environmental security.
The idea of 'communities' is the core of the EWE Project. At once it takes its inspiration from the beginnings of the European Communities (the Community of Steel and Coal), adhering to the vision of Middle East Communities of Energy, Water and Environment. On the other hand the project adds bottom-up action as a necessary counterpart and condition for developing institutions. It encourages the emergence of communities of people. This model involves focusing on integrated trans-border and regional level institutional governance structures appropriate for the region and advancing the political processes that render them effective.
EWE would like to welcome the appointment of Professor David Held, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, as the Director of EWE London, starting September 2009. Professor Held is currently the co-director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics.
March 26th, 2009
EWE would like to express our condolences and sadness at the loss of a powerful and unique member of our community, Dr. Fadia Daibes Murad, our EWE representative in Palestine. Fadia, who was killed in a terrible car crash on the way to Ramallah from the World Water Forum in Istanbul, will be dearly missed: (http://www.genderandwater.org/page/9078)
March 2nd, 2009
EWE and the LSE Student Union Environment Society hosts Dr. Gerry Wolff of DESERTEC-UK for a lecture 'Energy, Water and Climate Security: Clean Power from Deserts'. For more information, including PowerPoint slides and audio recordings from the lecture, please visit: http://lsesuenv.wordpress.com/2009/02/09/energy-water-and-climate-security-clean-power-from-deserts-2march-630pm/