The Orontes River Basin, which extends to territories in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, has always been a critical locus for interstate relations in the Levant. With the onset of the Syrian conflict it even gained greater significance. While there are bilateral agreements on different facets of water such as quantity sharing, quality improvement, it is apparent that the absence of a basin-wide consensus on water sharing brings serious risks not only for the countries concerned, but also for the river itself. The book is aptly titled, reflecting the intersection of “science diplomacy” and “transboundary water management”. The book’s main theme revolves around key questions such as: How to limit the climate change effects on the riparian countries? How to deal with poor hydraulic resources in the region? How to improve access to sufficient quantities of good quality water for vulnerable populations? How to improve water demand? In dealing with all these, the book takes a fresh approach to the Orontes river basin with chapters devoted to ICT-based tools and decision-support systems, as well as on different riparian perspectives on hydro-diplomacy.

Bookreview (Volume 4)

Ilhan Sagsen. (2016, December 7). Book Review of: R. Ballabio, F.G. Comair, M. Scalet, M. Scoullos (eds), Science Diplomacy and transboundary water management: The Orontes River case (UNESCO, Paris, 2015). Bookreview.