Water Resources Influence on Civil Conflict: Syrian Case Study

Authors: Rieley Auger*, University of Maryland
Topics: Natural Resources, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Water Resources and Hydrology
Keywords: water, natural resources, civil conflict, Syria, drought
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Current research shows that the Earth’s natural resources are being depleted at a rapid rate. Water, specifically is a resource that is vital to the planet and those who inhabit it. The number of droughts are increasing due to global climate change which leads to food insecurity. Civil conflict can be attributed to lack of food and migration which can be brought back to lack of water. Syria is an excellent example of this phenomenon as they faced major droughts in 2006 that caused a migration from rural to urban areas. In conjunction with political instability, the civil war began. From studying topographic maps of Syria from before and after the drought, we will be able to draw evidence that will support our claim that natural resources have a cause-and-effect response to civil conflict. In addition, migration maps from the years of 2006 to 2012 will show us that increased population in urban areas with fewer resources is a key ingredient to conflict within the country of Syria. The conclusion will be determined upon further analysis of the research.

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