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Water, Conflict and Peace Building



Water is a shared resource that brings people together. Just as people in Massachusetts are modifying their lawn care practices to improve water quality throughout their communities, responsible water management (stewardship) can be advanced by informed peacebuilding in communities around the world.
“Water is a critical ingredient in the prosperity of the planet,” says the woman narrating a new animated short from the Wilson Center and USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.
“Water is critical to issues of peace and conflict. Lessons learned from cases around the world illustrate how investments in good water management can help build peace, and at the same time how investing in peace can help meet water challenges.”
“Good water management is conflict management with opportunities for communities to come together, important stepping stones towards a broader peace. Communities can better adapt to water related stresses with resilience building benefits.”
“Collaboration and trust are also central to successful natural resource management, lowering vulnerability to water scarcity, food insecurity, and land degradation. Environmental peace-building requires all of us.”
Water brings us together. It is essential to the health of individuals, the vitality of communities, and the stability of nations. A new animated short from the Wilson Center and USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation celebrates how working together to ensure safe and sufficient water supplies not only increases the resilience of communities, but also helps build peace in war-torn nations. “Water, Conflict, and Peacebuilding” illustrates how building peace can bolster water security, and—at the same time—how improving water security can increase the peace within and across borders

Courtesy: Ocean River Institute

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