Session 7 – “Water Security and Migration”

Session Background

Worldwide around 65.3 million people are forcibly displaced (UNHCR), the vast majority within their countries of origin. They are fleeing from war, violence, suppression, and persecution. Additionally, many thousands are leaving their homes because of severe water scarcity, ever-increasing degradation of their natural environment and the growing number of natural disasters. Referred to aspects of water security, the world’s water resources have been increasingly facing severe pressure from many sources: population growth, forced migration, industrialization, pollution of water bodies, over-abstraction of groundwater, and climate change.

How water is managed will have repercussions on almost every aspect of human security, which is why achieving adequate water security is among the top priorities of government policies across the globe. Developing and managing water resources to achieve water security remain at the heart of the struggle for economic growth, sustainable development, and poverty reduction.

Keywords: Water security, climate change, migration


  • Identification of most influencing aspects (reasons) of water security and their cause-effect relations with focus on migration.
  • Aspects and avenues to improve water security, to reduce water-related reasons for migration, and to improve health and livelihood of refugees and local people.
  • Identification of research demand and future research proposals.

Session Plan

The session topic is introduced by a thematic keynote speech dealing with aspects of water security, related challenges, and caused migration. The session will also cover aspects of water security with and cause-effect relations leading to migration. The session finalizes with ideas that can be explored for joint research initiatives.

Moderation: Andreas Haarstrick

Thematic Keynote

Prof. Mukand Babel | AIT Bangkok
Water Security and Human Migration
(20 min.)

Oral Presentations

(each presentation 15 min.)

Hamaideh, Arwa | University of Jordan, Jordan
Hosting Communities – The Challenge with Refugees (157)

Kung’u, James | Kenyatta University, Kenya
Climate Change-induced Migration and Water Conflicts in Africa: The Case of Pastoral Communities in Northern Kenya (155)

Kowenje, Chrispin | Maseno University, Kenya
Water Security and Research in Africa (203)

Topkaya, Bülent | Akdeniz University, Department Enviromental Engineering, Antalya, Turkey
Water, energy and food security challenges in transboundary Euphrates-Tigris (ET) Basin

Poster Presentations

(20 min., incl. 5 min. introduction of each presenter)

Pare, Samuel | University of Ouaga, Burkina Faso
Water Security and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa Region (242)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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    Room: Berlin

    Organized by Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON), TU Braunschweig

TU Braunschweig | exceed-SWINDON

Organizing Institution

The exceed-Swindon network consists of 30 full member institutions worldwide. A renowned scientist who has his research focus on water problems represents each of these institutions. The network considers cooperation, education, and knowledge transfer within the water research and management area to be an indispensible condition for solving present and, in particular, further water-related problems. The mission, first, is to inspire and promote exceed-Swindon members in being an international community of academic and practice-oriented professionals, graduated students concerned with water, and a global source of knowledge.

Mukand S. Babel

Keynote Speaker

Event Timeslots (1)

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Room: Berlin

Organized by Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON), TU Braunschweig