Global, 08 Jan 2020

IHE in the News: Water wars - early warning tool uses climate data to predict conflict hotspots

The Guardian (UK) has today reported on the new Dutch government-funded Water, Peace and Security (WPS) global early warning tool. Launched in December as part of the IHE-led WPS project, the tool is the first of its kind to consider environmental data, such as precipitation and drought, alongside socio-economical variables.

The Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership is a collaboration between the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a consortium of six partners: IHE Delft (lead partner), World Resources Institute (WRI), Deltares, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Wetlands International and International Alert.

The initiative is intended to become an open network that can bring together knowledge, capacities and activities directed at speeding up and scaling up preventative action in the context of water stress–induced conflict, migration or other forms of social destabilisation. To this end, the consortium collaborates with a growing number of other institutions, including Oregon State University, Pacific Institute and New America.

You can read the Guardian article here. And you can find out here, more about the WPS project and the tools and services it is developing to help decision-makers in areas of potential conflict to act quickly and collaboratively to address water related security threats.

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