On the night of April 18th, a fire of criminal origin burnt down the GERM premises, causing the destruction of our working equipments, archives, documentation as well as our stock of publications.
This event is threatening our activity, including the 5-language website that has been offering to the public more than 30.000 documents since it was launched in 2001.
Today, your financial support is urgently needed (please follow the instructions on the following link).
Thank you very much in advance for your help and solidarity.
In the past, droughts of this severity have led to conflict and even wars between neighboring communities and states. One of the first in recorded history erupted around 4,500 years ago, when the city-state of Lagash – nestled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern-day Iraq – diverted water from its neighbor, Umma. Competition for water sparked violent incidents in ancient China and fueled political instability in Pharaonic Egypt.
Today, actual wars between countries over water resources are uncommon, owing to improved dialogue and cross-border cooperation. But, within countries, competition for scarce water is becoming a more common source of instability and conflict, especially as climate change increases the severity and frequency of extreme weather events.