This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

An Indigenous Approach To Water Conflicts

1970 words - 8 pages

In spite of abundant supply, seventy five percent of our planet's water is contained in the oceans, and less than one percent of the total amount of available water is fit for human use. Furthermore,thirteen rivers and lakes are shared by 96 nation-states, in which the scarcity and uneven distribution of fresh water is one of the most destabilizing causes for conflict. Although there are thousands of treaties in existence, none of them address long lasting and equitable allocation of water resources. Nevertheless, because of the volatile past and future trends, as a case study, the Nile and Jordan river basins will be discussed in the context of failed negotiations, treaties and agreements. As a result, instead of analyzing water conflicts in terms of political and intellectual issues, a new approach focused on communal and regional centered water sharing agreements and negotiations will be proposed.
Water, as the most vital resource to sustain human life, Mandel(1992 ) states that more than forty percent of the world population lives in water bodies that are shared by multiple countries. For example, the Nile,Tigris-Euphrates, Ganges, Danube, and Colorado river basins are shared by more than one billion people. Unlike other static natural resource such as oil and land, obviously, a continuously flowing body of water makes it impossible for any state to claim sovereignty and absolute control. Mandel states ( 2009),” because of its sheer complexity, the issue of water is more difficult for policy makers and scholars to grasp in its entirety tends to be dealt with piecemeal both domestically and internationally”. (p.365).
Can there be certain cursors that might predict potential water hotspots ? In what Riley (2003) describes as aridity ,rapid population growth, and economic expansion can be triggers for inter-basin conflicts. Having met this criterion, the Nile river, which is the longest flowing river in the world shared by eleven countries, and over 450 million people is one of the most contested river basin. In the last 25 years, because of population growth, agricultural and economic expansion, the increased utilization of the Nile other than basic necessities created tension and the threat of violence by the dominant country. Nuzio (2013) elaborates that, because of aridity, the river Nile is the only water source for most countries along the basin. .For example, when Ethiopia announced the GRD, which is the largest dam in Africa capable of holding over 74 billion cubic meters, along one of the tributary of the Nile, the Egyptians felt so threatened that they announced if negotiations fail to curb the Ethiopian dam project, they will consider military action.(Stratfor, 2010).
Before this threat of conflict arose, were there any treaties or negotiations between the river Nile basin countries? If they exist, why can't the river basin states abide by it? According to Nunzio, (2013), the treaties of 1891,1902,...

Find Another Essay On An Indigenous Approach to Water Conflicts

An Analytical Approach to Truth and Religion

6399 words - 26 pages An Analytical Approach to Truth and Religion ABSTRACT: I discuss some of the problems of the application of the notion of truth to religion. After introductory remarks on the problem called truth and religion to show the peculiarity and the actuality of the problem discussed, I examine the different meanings of the notions of truth and religion, in order to formulate some comments on the different concepts of the truth of religion. I name

Conflicts between Countries, States or Groups over Access to a Safe Water Supply

1914 words - 8 pages Water conflict is a term describing a conflict between countries, states, or groups over an access to safe water supply. Water is a limited resource and in the future access might get worse with climate change, although scientists' projections of future rainfall are notoriously cloudy it is now commonly said that future wars in the Middle East are more likely to be fought over water than over oil. According to UNESCO, the current interstate

What possible conflicts could arise in this team approach to management? Would these conflicts be beneficial or harmful to the organization?

598 words - 2 pages Most members involved in a work team generally come from other locations through out. When joined together, the panel creates a unique core. In itself, it will blend and have the flexibility in choosing different options to cope with problems in a work place. The entire unit is the nucleus like that of a cell. Choosing a suitable crew is vital, its goals and dynamics must correspond with company objectives. The probability of crippling an

Water As An Export To Mexico - WIU

2123 words - 8 pages IntroductionThe process of creating an effective strategy for the United States to export a portion of its water supply to Mexico is complex for a variety of reasons. Specifically, the regulations behind this process are complicated, and therefore, these issues must be continuously addressed in order to identify the most pertinent areas of significance. Relations between the United States and Mexico have been tumultuous in recent years, and in

The Effect of Introducing a New Species to the Indigenous Population in an Environment

1331 words - 5 pages The Effect of Introducing a New Species to the Indigenous Population in an Environment There are numerous amounts of ways and examples of when people have used Biological Control. This occurs when living organisms, such as predators, pathogens and parasitism are used to control pest insects, weeds, or diseases. This typically involves some human activity. There are many different examples worldwide of how people have used

An Intercultural Approach to Create a Culturally Aware School Environment

1927 words - 8 pages coordinator of religion, language and history subjects, I propose that an intercultural approach needs to be taken in order to begin the process of fixing these problems. Nieto (2000) states “…that only by reforming the entire school environment can substantive changes in attitude, behaviours, and achievement take place.” (p.412). Revolving on the basis of equality, changes need to occur in teaching methods and students need to feel supported and

What an Omnichannel Approach Can do to Build Customer Loyalty

608 words - 3 pages Technological advancements are driving disruptive and transformative impact on the global retail industry. The emergence of multiple shopping channels – brick-and-mortar, online and mobile, among others – is forcing organizations to transform product-centric business models into customer-centric ones to ensure seamless shopping experience across all channels. Businesses employing the traditional multichannel retail approach in adopting customer

Outsourcing: A Utilitarian Approach to An Ethical Issue

1529 words - 6 pages An ethical business problem arises in case of outsourcing. The decision making framework can be used to explore the dilemma and to develop a course of action in order to resolve this problem by using the utilitarian approach and ensuring that the maximum number people are helped or favored by the decision. Utilitarianism has had great popularity in American and Western culture mainly because it focuses on the welfare of the masses than the

Computer Games: An Approach to Increase Critical Thinking in Mathematics

2565 words - 10 pages computer game to enhance their mathematical critical thinking skills for a period of 12 weeks. The expected results should demonstrate an increase of scores in the post-test from the treatment group compared to the comparison groups. Computer Games: An Approach to Increase Critical Thinking in Mathematics In recent years technology has changed the way people interact with one another. The advancements of technology have also increased the

An essay on an Freudian approach to the Jekyll and Hyde by Robert L. Stevenso

1283 words - 5 pages London. Like many people, Dr. Jekyll deals with a conscience that is constantly nagging him. Sometimes it wants him to act out, other times it wants him to be presentable and discreet. Jekyll becomes frustrated with the continuous conflicts he finds himself in and contemplates an escape from the part of his mind that is always saying, "No". In Freud's theories of personality there are three elements to the mind: unconscious, preconscious, and

An innovative approach to zero excess sludge production of a slaughterhouse’s wastewater treatment plant

1636 words - 7 pages biosolids. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 15, 308–317. 31. Wei Y., Van Houten R. T., Borger A. R., Eikelboom D, H., Fan Y., 2003. Minimization of excess sludge production for biological wastewater treatment. Water Research 37, 4453-44671. 32. Yasui H. and Shibata M., 1994. An innovative approach to reduce excess sludge production in the activated sludge process. Water Sci. Technol. 30, 11-20. 33. Yang, S.-S., Guo, W.-Q., Zhou, X.-J., Meng

Similar Essays

Building Alliances For A Sustainable Water Future. How The Nile Region Is Coping? An Autoethnographical Approach To Student Learning

576 words - 3 pages water have become a 'high politics' issue increasing citizen polarization over who owns the Nile. Collecting ethnographs and collaborating with educators in the Nile region will provide authentic accounts of challenging issues and the people’s approach to create innovative solutions that can potentially unify communities. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab offers an opportunity to educate and invent creative solutions to water

An Attempt To Identify The Personality Approach

875 words - 4 pages An Attempt to Identify the Personality Approach In an attempt to identify the personality approach of an incest victim in a recent magazine article, I have estimated that the approach is behavioral/social. Numerous occurrences of childhood incest made Deborah Mays (Bergner, 2000, p. 119) experience a cycle of depression well into her late thirties. Because she was a helpless child subjected to ongoing accounts of physical and mental abuse by

An Integrative Approach To Teaching Writing

1102 words - 4 pages An Integrative Approach to Teaching Writing If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. Aboriginal Activist Sister Teachers of writing have begun to move from thinking about writing as a product with rules, to writing as a process with an authentic, individual voice, to writing as a system of social and political actions. Many

An Approach To Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rentals

1674 words - 7 pages An Approach to Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rentals As one of the leading car rental companies, Lotus car rental is in a position to take advantage of a great opportunity. This is an opportunity to be one of the first car rental companies to provide our consumers with alternative options to fuel-powered vehicles, and to rise above the competition. Adding alternative fuel vehicles to our car rental fleet will increase our car rental turnover and