Articles | Volume 374
Proc. IAHS, 374, 17–21, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-374-17-2016
Proc. IAHS, 374, 17–21, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-374-17-2016

  17 Oct 2016

17 Oct 2016

Post conflict water management: learning from the past for recovery planning in the Orontes River basin

Myriam Saadé-Sbeih1, François Zwahlen2, Ahmed Haj Asaad1, Raoul Gonzalez1, and Ronald Jaubert1 Myriam Saadé-Sbeih et al.
  • 1Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), University of Neuchâtel, Rue Emile-Argand 11, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Abstract. Water management is a fundamental issue in post-conflict planning in Syria. Based on historical water balance assessment, this study identifies the drivers of the profound changes that took place in the Lebanese and Syrian parts of the Orontes River basin since the 1930s. Both drastic effects of the conflict on the hydro-system and the strong uncontrolled anthropization of the river basin prior to the crisis have to be considered in the design of recovery interventions.

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Water management is a fundamental issue in post-conflict planning in Syria. Based on historical water balance assessment, this study identifies the drivers of the profound changes that took place in the Lebanese and Syrian parts of the Orontes River basin since the 1930s. Both drastic effects of the conflict on the hydro-system and the strong uncontrolled anthropization of the river basin prior to the crisis have to be considered in the design of recovery interventions.