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Water Security and Sustainable Development in the Middle East

Funding Agency: SRA-MECW. Duration: 2024-

Water security, scarcity and climate change are urgent pressing issues in the Middle East and North Africa. The region is marked by increasing environmental challenges, population growth, and changing climate patterns.

This research project aligns with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular emphasis on Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.


The project's objectives are:

  • assess water resources in the MENA region and address areas at risk and potential sources of water stress
  • analyse diplomatic efforts to resolve transboundary water disputes to achieve sustainable resource management practices in the MENA region
  • explore how water resource management and water stress affect the political and social stability in the region

Research Team

Filippo Verre, CMES Postdoctoral Fellow (Lund University)

Hossein Hashemi, CMES researcher and Associate Professor at the Division of Water Resources Engineering  (Lund University) 

hossein [dot] hashemi [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (hossein[dot]hashemi[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)

Ronny Berndtsson, CMES Deputy Director and Professor at the Division of Water Resources Engineering  (Lund University)

Karin Aggestam, CMES Director and Professor of Political Science (Lund University)

karin [dot] aggestam [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (karin[dot]aggestam[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)