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Water for Basic Needs and Social Cohesion in Syria

Access to water for both domestic and agricultural purposes remains a critical issue in Syria. Water is not only essential to emergency relief; it is also integral to longer-term prospects. Prior to the conflict water supply systems for domestic usages and for irrigation were managed by state services. In areas out of control of the Syrian government, state services have collapsed. while in areas under its control they are often unable to manage water supply networks. Supporting local committees to restore the access to water is not only a response to a critical need, but also a means to strengthen these committees and engage them in negotiating with a more or less wide range of actors (water users, local power structures, economic actors…) to establish viable management systems.

The Jawban and Jalamah station project is part of the Geo Expertise program, in collaboration the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, on water sharing as a means to strengthen Social Cohesion in Syria. The program pays particular attention to the management of water by users (Water User Association).

The Jawban – Jalamah station project (case study) aims at providing safe water to 18,000 persons among which 50% are IDPs. The large majority of IDPs is waiting to return to their home villages. Beyond the repairs of the station, the project as set up two training courses on water management and infrastructure maintenance. Training courses are attended by members of the project and inhabitants of nearby villages. Video.