Academic Venture Fund - 2010

Water Governance in the Middle East and Mediterranean Basin

Arab on ocean shore

The Mediterranean and Middle East are among the regions most severely affected by the global water crisis. This project will assess the adequacy of water legislation in the Mediterranean basin, research the reasons behind poor compliance, and develop effective monitoring systems and local enforcers' capacity to promote compliance. Cornell researchers will partner with United Nations Development Programme's newly established Water Governance Program for Arab States and University of Newcastle's Rural Economy and Land Use Program, hosting a workshop on water governance to be held at Cornell Law School in the fall of 2010. Knowledge gained from the Mediterranean will be of immediate use in other water-short areas of the world, including the United States.

Investigators: Gail Holst-Warhaft, Tammo Steenhuis