Irish Examiner

Conflicts over water leading to war ‘a myth’
Le Figaro

The doom and gloom predictions of increasing battles around the world over water are a myth, with only a handful of disagreements over shared waters leading to armed conflict, an expert said.

Competition over water has often been cited as having a potential for turning into conflicts between countries fighting to secure the limited resource.

While water is fundamental to development and national security and can contribute to hostile situations, “very few” disagreements have led to conflict, said Therese Sjomander Magnusson of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

“It is a myth that water leads to war,” Sjomander Magnusson, SIWI’s director of transboundary water management, said on the sidelines of a global water conference in Stockholm.

She said that over the last 50 years, there have been more than 1,800 interactions on transboundary basins, including both conflict and cooperation. “Only seven disputes have involved violence,” she said. “During the same time, more than 200 agreements and treaties on transboundary waters have been signed.”

La prochaine fois qu’un bon médias d’ici vous dira que l’eau c’est de l’or et qu’il y aura des guerres pour en avoir, vous pourrez rire un bon coup.