Anders Jägerskog, Counsellor at the Swedish Embassy in Jordan, talks about the role of diplomacy and foreign policy in dealing with water scarcity and potential conflicts about water. He points out that hydro diplomacy should effectively address issues of shared water resources and create fora for continued discussion.
This interview was conducted at the Planetary Security Conference in The Hague, 5-6 December 2016. It is produced by Paul Müller-Hahl (Lichtbilder Filmproduktion) and directed by Stella Schaller (adelphi).
"I think diplomacy and foreign policy can contribute to mitigating some of the challenges that relate to the challenges of climate change in the region by promoting more of hydro diplomacy, water diplomacy, that gets the countries that may share a river or a groundwater resource together to actually discuss and better understand the implications of having more water in certain times of the year and –that’s more of a challenge- having less water in other times of the year. As long as you can promote dialogue and have a fora where these challenges can be discussed – which is the role of diplomacy- if that can be institutionalized then there is scope to address these problems in a far better way than if these fora do not exist."