‘Water can be a topic of cooperation’

Murchison falls on the River Nile. Copyright: Venture Uganda Travel, (CC BY 2.0)

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Training and access to science can help to strengthen the work of journalists and prevent the spread of disinformation, specialists say in the second episode of a three-part podcast series on water conflict and cooperation.

Contrary to popular narratives that international water negotiations regularly lead to conflict, water can be a tool for collaboration, say transboundary water experts and science reporters.

In the first episode, guests discussed their research on the role of the media in water diplomacy, following the publication of an expert guide for journalists and policymakers launched by the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Water Conflicts and Cooperation: A Media Handbook is available as an open access eBook.

Episode guests

Kerry Schneider, Stockholm International Water Institute.

Rehab Abd Almohsen, freelance science journalist.

Charles Wendo, training coordinator, SciDev.Net.

This episode features High Water by Artem Bember, under Creative Commons.


Join SciDev.Net on 1 March, 2021 for a live, online debate on reporting water conflict and cooperation. The debate will bring together the water diplomacy community, including journalists, researchers, peace and security specialists, and diplomacy experts.

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This podcast is produced by the project ‘Open Water Diplomacy. Media, Science and Transboundary Cooperation in the Nile Basin’, funded by DUPC2, the programmatic cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the period 2016-2020. The podcast has not been subjected to peer and/or policy review by DGIS or IHE Delft, and, therefore, does not necessarily reflect the views of these institutions.