Blue Peace – Water Security in the Middle East

Project completed

The access to water is in the centre of the fight against poverty, and the major part of the Millennium Development Goals depends on water availability and quality. All the countries in the Middle East face serious water shortages. Fortunately, strong relations and mutual recognition exist among top level water experts and key political leaders in the region. SDC responded to the explicit demand of political leaders of the region to i) facilitate and enable the establishment of a Cooperation Council on Water and ii) strengthen the delivery of good hydrometeorological data both essential components of a program looking at enhancing regional water management.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Near East
Agriculture & food security
Water diplomacy and security
Water sector policy
Agricultural water resources
Water resources conservation
01.10.2010 - 31.12.2013
CHF  2’550’000
Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Swiss Private Sector
  • World Meterological Organization

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’550’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’838’890
Project phases Phase 4 01.02.2019 - 31.12.2021   (Current phase) Phase 3 01.04.2016 - 31.03.2021   (Completed) Phase 2 01.12.2013 - 30.06.2016   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.10.2010 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)