EWE is instrumental in the realisation of a number of projects concerning water and energy cooperation. The potential projects include:
Water economics project (WEP)
WEP is a programme of research into water management and conflict resolution in the Middle East, chaired by Professor Franklin M. Fisher at MIT. WEP has developed an innovative model of water optimisation - the Water Allocation System - which shows how a focus on maximising social values from water usage can realise benefits for all parties, and how these benefits are enhanced by water cooperation. EWE is facilitating the application of this powerful tool to trans-boundary water transactions within the Jordan River basin.
Specific EWE activities planned to realise such a goal include symposia in Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon for senior public officials and water resource experts from the region to demonstrate the management value of WEP for both domestic and trans-boundary use. The planned involvement also of US and European diplomatic representatives reveals a core EWE strategy to foster external governmental sponsorship and/or support for environmental cooperation within the region.
Model water agreement
This project is designed to inform Track Two trans-boundary water negotiations between neighbours dependent on sharing the water of the Jordan Basin. The MWA Project introduces vital water and ecological concerns as necessary to parties' negotiation positions. On the other hand the project suggests steps towards a joint regime of water management which acknowledges the cultural specifics of the negotiating parties.
EWE has managed, through cooperation with its partner, the Forum 2000, to attract the attention of politicians and public figures from over the world towards the water problem as part of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (Link: The Shared Concern Initiative Appeal )While current political circumstances preclude official negotiations on water resources in the region, there is a need to explore mechanisms and procedures for future cooperation.
EWE builds on existing research on the political and social dynamics of trans-boundary water relations in the region and the patterns and processes of integration within Europe and the Middle East.
Enhancing security in the middle east through regional collaboration on renewable energy
The project aims through a series of workshops at building a network of academics and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa region to discuss and develop project proposals for combining expertise around four themes:
a) the renewable energy needs of the individual countries and the region as a whole (national development strategies and energy master plans, supply of fossil and solar energies; electric power and infrastructure; energy for rural communities);
b) the market for renewables within the MENA region (pricing, rational use of energy approach, energy utility ownership structures, regional regulatory regimes and constraints, regional and international investment mechanisms);
c) energy for water (desalination, transporting water; water reuse; R&D base); and
d) institutional aspects of an integrated regional system (role of international institutions, relations with the Gulf states, cooperative supply management between engaged neighbours).