Israeli and Palestinian Waterways Conference

Israeli and Palestinian Waterways: History, Politics, and Technology of Water and Environment


Israeli and Palestinian Waterways:

History, Politics, and Technology of Water and Environment

 in the Middle East

An International Conference

March 11, 2014
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way at the Great Hall.

Water is a natural, social, political, and technological resource, of crucial importance to the development and co-habitation of the region shared in tension by Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and others.

With this conference, we hope to move water and environmental scholarship forward, by creating a space for engagement among scholars, practitioners, and the public about key Israeli and Palestinian water issues.

The panels and presentations bring together scholars from political science, law, history, geography, peace and conflict studies, anthropology , science and technology studies, ecology, and hydrology  to explore the power and possibilities of water and nature in Israeli and Palestinian environmental and socio-political landscapes.

An environmental perspective maintains the focus on water but allows water to trace the flow of discussion into other significant processes and histories – impacting borders, access, and control.

A multidisciplinary environmental perspective also allows us to examine water as a continuum between nature and culture and to consider how we use and think about water as a substance and as a resource. While focused primarily on Israeli and Palestinian waterways, this conference will have far reaching implications for how we think about water and environmental policy everywhere.


Panels and presentations

•Historical Formations: The Law and Politics of Water Since the British Mandate

Social Questions: Scarcity, Access, and Health

•Water Across Borders: Politics of Peace and Collaboration

•Technology and Innovation: Changing the Political and Environmental Calculus

•Keynote–A Green Bridge over Troubled Waters: The Kidron Valley/Wadi El Nar River Basin Project and the Possibilities for Israeli-Palestinian Environmental Collaboration

Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 3 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. To request MCLE credit, please contact

The conference is organized by the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies in partnership with the College of Natural Resources.

Cosponsored by UC Berkeley’s Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy; the College of Environmental Design; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES); the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE);the Institute of International Studies (IIS); the Blum Center for Developing Economies; and the Friends of the Arava Institute.

Images courtesy of Yamma Hydrometric Solutions