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Blue Peace in the Middle East

Hydropolitical baseline study of the Yarmouk basin

The Yarmouk tributary of the Jordan River remains the source of life for tens of thousands in both Syria and Jordan. In what appears to be a ‘race to the bottom’, however, water is being pumped out at unsustainable rates, and cooperation has broken down. A team of seasoned researchers led by Prof Mark Zeitoun at the UEA Water Security Research Centre has begun exploring how water use and availability is influenced by regional political and climatic dynamics. The goal of the study is to provide rigorous hydrological and political analysis that will serve as a baseline for effective transboundary water resources management and hydro-diplomacy programming. Updates on progress forthcoming.

Start date May 2016 | End date November 2017


Researchers from the Yarmouk Hydropolitical Baseline Project exploring where the Yarmouk tributary meets the Jordan River, May 2016.


UEA Team

Prof Mark Zeitoun


Muna Dajani - London School of Economics

Dr Chadi ABdallah - CNRS Lebanon

Prof Adbdulalh Droubi - Syria

Prof Sa’eb Khresat - Jordan University of Science and Technology.


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

UEA School of International Development