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The Yarmouk Hydropolitical Baseline

The objective of the Yarmouk Hydropolitical Baseline project is to provide the rigorous hydrological and political analysis required for effective transboundary water resources management and hydro-diplomacy programming throughout the Yarmouk and wider Jordan River Basin. 

To that end, it has produced a comprehensive report, infographics, a poster, journal articles and a land-use map presented here. 

The YHPB project reflects the necessary act of examining the past to illuminate the present and shape the future. It supplements all available hydrological and hydrogeological data with archival records, satellite images, personal observation, and interviews with key policymakers. The effort finds the current water arrangements wholly unable to arbitrate the rising tensions, due to the dual impact of out-dated water agreements and inadequate infrastructure. The effects are compounded by ever-changing water needs resulting from the displacement of farmers and the projected effects of climate change.

If life in the basin is to be better in 2050 than it is today, the knowledge base will have to be significantly improved, the infrastructure optimised, and the agreements updated to align more closely with best practice and the principles of International Water Law. 

We invite you to scroll below and check out our report, infographics and the story map to learn about the history, politics and the future scenarios in the Yarmouk basin. 

Infographics and poster

Yarmouk Futures (PDF)

Yarmouk Hydrogeology (PDF)

Yarmouk Infrastructure and Institutions (PDF)

Yarmouk Water Use and Quality (PDF)

Yarmouk poster (PDF)

Yarmouk Hydro-Political story map

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Yarmouk HP Baseline - Main Report (PDF) 

Yarmouk HP Baseline - Executive Summary (PDF) 

Yarmouk HP Baseline - Executive Summary (Arabic) (PDF) 

Yarmouk HP Baseline - Qualitative Annex A (PDF)

Yarmouk HP Baseline - Technical Annex B (PDF)

Journal articles

Zeitoun, M., Abdallah, C., Dajani, M., Khresat, S., Elaydi, H., Alfarra, A. (2019) The Yarmouk tributary to the Jordan River I: Agreements impeding equitable transboundary water arrangements. Water Alternatives 12(13): 1064 - 1094

Zeitoun, M., Dajani, M., Abdallah, C. Khresat, S., Elaydi, H. (2019) The Yarmouk tributary to the Jordan River II: Infrastructure impeding the transformation of equitable transboundary water arrangement. Water Alternatives 12(3): 1095 - 1122 


Prof Mark Zeitoun - UEA School of International Development

Dr Muna Dajani - London School of Economics

Dr Chadi Abdallah - CNRS Lebanon

Sharif Youmans - Independent

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

Heather Elaydi - Independent

Enas al Bakri - Independent 


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

UEA School of International Development


Click here for a gallery of photographs documenting the project.

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