Workshop on water and conflict during conference on Planetary Security

Published: 30 November 2016

Deltares and the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency will host a workshop on water and conflicts during the second conference of the Planetary Security Initiative. The international conference will take place on 5 and 6 December 2016 in the Peace Palace in The Hague and is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and Deltares are teaming up to organise one of the in total twelve workshops during the conference that is organized by the Dutch Institute Clingendael. This workshop will look specifically at the role of climate and water in conflicts, now and in the future. The workshop will focus on the possible risks and threats generated by population growth, spatial developments and climate change for the stability of societies and international security. How could these developments result in a threat to local and global peace and security, and what options are available to do something about it?

Tractor plowing dry farm land

Water-related tensions

The construction of dams for energy, increasing demand for water, the desiccation of agricultural land in some regions and related food shortages: numerous water-related problems can cause tensions. Not only between different groups in a country but also when cross-border issues are involved. In addition, the future will bring changes in water supplies and extreme weather patterns and this may create new challenges and tensions.

PBL Director Hans Mommaas, Dr. Nina von Uexküll (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Professor Palmer Tiwari (Kumaon University, India) will make up the expert panel.The workshop will be organised not only for scientists but also emphatically for people involved in political and geopolitical security issues such as think-tanks, NGOs, embassies, army units and international political alliances such as NATO and the EU.


The aim of the workshop is to bring together the perspectives and knowledge of as many experts with different backgrounds as possible so that the step can be made from science to policy recommendations. PBL and Deltares will publish a policy letter in the spring of 2017 about the relationship between climate, water and conflict. The letter will also include the expert knowledge shared during the workshop.