24 March 2014, Published by the United Nations

Restoring access to water in conflict area is critical to post-conflict situation according to a new study.

In times of war, water resources and infrastructure are often destroyed or become inaccessible to large segments of people living in conflict areas. Restoring these critical services can avert humanitarian crises and rebuild state authority, according to a new study launched on the occasion of World Water Day by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Tokyo, McGill University, and Duke University.

According to the study, entitled Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, effective water management is vital for mitigating new tensions over water resources, with some 1.8 billion people expected to face absolute water scarcity in the next decade.

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