© 2001

Management of Shared Groundwater Resources

The Israeli-Palestinian Case with an International Perspective

  • Eran Feitelson
  • Marwan Haddad

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Problems And Approaches To Groundwater Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marwan Haddad, Eran Feitelson, Shaul Arlosoroff
      Pages 3-23
  3. The Israeli-Palestinian Case

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Yoav Harpaz, Marwan Haddad, Shaul Arlosoroff
      Pages 43-56
    3. Shaul Arlosoroff
      Pages 57-74
    4. Yona Kahane
      Pages 83-105
    5. Sinaia Netanyahu, Richard E. Just, John K. Horowitz
      Pages 115-129
  4. International Experience In Cross-Boundary Management And Allocation Of Water Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Aaron T. Wolf
      Pages 133-165
    3. Carel de Villeneuve
      Pages 167-175
    4. Miguel Solanes
      Pages 259-284
  5. Monitoring, Modeling And Data Compilation As Prerequisites For Groundwater Management

About this book


Most of the world's freshwater resources in the liquid state (i.e. not in glaciers and polar caps) are underground. As the population grows and demand for water rises, reliance on groundwater increases. In many cases the groundwater underlies boundaries, or is part of a hydraulic system that crosses boundaries. In such cases there is always the danger that the 'prisoner's dilemma' will run its course and all parties will compete over who will pump the most water, ultimately destroying the storage potential to the detriment of future generations of all parties reliant on the groundwater. This book explores the options and means for averting this all too realistic scenario by managing these shared groundwater resources.
Nowhere is the likelihood of excessive use of groundwater greater than in the water-scarce Middle East, and especially in the Israeli-Palestinian case. Here both sides are heavily reliant on a shared aquifer, the Mountain aquifer. This book is the outcome of a seven-year effort to find ways to manage the Mountain aquifer, perhaps the most important resource shared by Israelis and Palestinians. As part of this cooperative study, four workshops were held in which a selected number of Palestinian, Israeli, and foreign experts were invited. The chapters in this book were originally presented in one of these workshops. To these papers introductory and concluding chapters were added.


Water Resources environment groundwater research water supply

Editors and affiliations

  • Eran Feitelson
    • 1
  • Marwan Haddad
    • 1
  1. 1.The Truman Institute for the Advancement of PeaceThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Palestine Consultancy GroupJerusalem

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Management of Shared Groundwater Resources
  • Book Subtitle The Israeli-Palestinian Case with an International Perspective
  • Editors Eran Feitelson
    Marwan Haddad
  • Series Title Natural Resource Management and Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-7254-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-3867-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-0680-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 496
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Hydrogeology
    Environmental Management
    Environmental Economics
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`This excellent book should be required reading for water experts and international relations specialists interested in the Middle East peace process.'
Natur Wissenschaften, 88:10 (2001)