The Water, Peace and Security partnership launches its Global Early Warning tool in Geneva - the City of Peace - today. The tool applies machine learning to predict possible water-related conflict up to a year in advance. The WPS project, led by IHE Delft's Susanne Schmeier, promotes dialogue and learning processes where conflicts are likely, to create inclusive, conflict-sensitive interventions.
Water insecurity is increasing worldwide, due to growing economic demands for water, population growth and rapid urbanisation, exacerbated by ecosystem losses and climate change impacts. In fragile areas, these multipe interacting factors can lead to human insecurities or even contribute to escalation of conflicts. Heightened understanding of the interplay of water-related factors in conflict situations, new technologies and innovative approaches are needed to help mitigate growing water insecurity. The WPS partnership's Global Early Warning Tool is one example of the kinds of innovative approaches we need.
Today's launch brings together key actors from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Committee of Red Cross and the Water, Peace and Security partners to consider routes to preventing water-related conflict.
The Water, Peace and Security partnership
- Charles Iceland: “We Predicted Where Violent Conflicts Will Occur in 2020. Water Is Often a Factor.” -
- Susanne Schmeier, Emilie Broek, Rolien Sasse, Charles Iceland, Rozemarijn ter Horst, Karin Meijer “Water and Conflict – an Unavoidable Link?”
- Or read the article from Reuters: New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance