Talk41 Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network: Environmental Diplomacy for Resolving Persistent Transboundary Water Conflicts

Thursday, 13 June, 2019

Abstract

Water quality is deteriorating throughout the world due to both local and global scale drivers including growing pressures of population, urbanization, industrialization, and climate change. These pressures on water are resulting in increased migrations and are noted to drive conflicts. Particularly in the case of transboundary water resources, these impacts threaten discord among nations sharing major river basins and could lead to 'water wars'. LEAD Pakistan is hosting an interactive session titled 'Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network: Environmental Diplomacy for Resolving Persistent Transboundary Water Conflicts'. Our guest speaker, Dr. Asim Zia, will highlight the numerous Track-2 (scientist to scientist) and Track-3 (citizen to citizen) environmental diplomacy interventions which have been implemented in the Indus, Jordan, Kabul, Kali and Missisquoi river basins, leading to the recent emergence of a Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network (TWIN). The talk will assess the ongoing and planned TWIN interventions and draw a comparative analysis of water quality in the sampled river basins.

Dr. Asim Zia is currently the Professor of Public Policy and Computer Science in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont (UVM). He is also Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS) and Co-Director of the Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation (SEGS) lab at the UVM. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a fellow at the Gund Institute for Environment (since 2011), Earth System Governance (since 2012) and Global Change Impact Studies Center (2018-19).

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