Options for cooperative action in the Euphrates and Tigris Region

Working Paper English Published: November 2012

This report visualizes current water resources management practices and possible benefits of cooperation on a system level for the Euphrates and Tigris (ET) riparian countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

Summary

For the Euphrates and Tigris (ET) riparian countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey this report has undertaken a macro-level baseline characterisation to visualise current water resources management practices and a hydroeconomic simulation model to illustrate possible marginal benefits of cooperative action at a system level. The riparian countries in the ET region are connected by the water resources flowing across borders within one system.

The study only used publicly available and remote sensing data thus providing a common starting point for all stakeholders to access the same information. In addition the study was supported by a reference group comprised of representatives and observers from governments and regional institutions. As part of the dialogue, the representatives and observers were asked to present examples of hotspots that have a regional dimension. The target audience and direct beneficiaries of the study are policy makers in the ET region.

 

Granit, J. & Joyce. J. (2012), Options for cooperative action in the Euphrates and Tigris Region, Paper 20, Stockholm: SIWI, 2012.