In 2017, NWP commissioned a study entitled 'Water Crisis: Source of Conflict or Contribution to Stability' on the causes and implications of the water crisis and strategies to address it. If these issues are not addressed urgently, they are likely to increase migration and conflict. This is already happening in several countries and, given that it is surrounded by regions affected by a combination of water scarcity and political fragility, is of concern to Europe.
NWP is addressing the water crisis issue by promoting the Dutch water sector’s expertise and experience on water management, water diplomacy and multi-stakeholder processes nationally and internationally. It has prioritised the MENA region and within it Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, for its work. These countries are especially prone to water crises, aridity, instability and climate change. NWP’s ultimate aim is to prevent water being a cause of conflict and migration by initiating and facilitating integrated, innovative and long term collaboration. To this end, it has identified four cornerstones that underpin its work.