September 24, 2020 10:00am to 2:00pm
Join Global Water Alliance, Drexel Peace Engineering and the Water Center at Penn for the 2020 Conference on Water & Peace on September 24, 2020.
All people and every ecology share a stake in the proper management of water to safeguard supply quality, fair access, and peace. A history of water use without proper planning and stakeholder involvement has led to global conflict and inequity, especially in regions of water scarcity, drought, natural disaster, pollution, or social/political turmoil. This conference will convene local, national, and international water professionals and researchers/students to discuss “water, sanitation, and hygiene” (WASH) strategies and governance for security, sustainability, and resiliency with an eye to peace norms and ethics. This will include identifying the key elements of a modern water management toolkit and preparing for the 2021 World Water Forum in Senegal with guest speakers and panelists from all over the world.
Date: September 24, 2020
Location: Webinar (link will be provided after registration on day of event)
A certificate of attendance will be provided to participants upon request.
~Limited capacity of 200 participants
10:00 am: Morning Keynote— Call to Action: Case study from Middle East about paradigms for watershed management that promote peace in times of conflict/stress with Audience Q+A
Clive Lipchin, Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
10:30 am: Panel I— Effective Water Management Tools: Case studies across different regions highlighting governance, policy, data, and technology strategies for successful water management in support of peace
Panelists: Carol Collier, Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University
Shanna McClain, DRR and Resilience, NASA
Jerad Bales, Executive Director, CUAHSI
Robert Muscat, Global Peace Services USA
Moderator: Charles Iceland, Global and National Water Initiatives World Resources Institute, University of Pennsylvania
11:45 am: Break.
12:00 pm: Panel II— Water, Peace, and Development: Case studies highlighting importance of water security, including access to WASH and ecosystem integrity, in promoting sustainable development and building peaceful responses to water stress due to conflict, natural disaster, climate change etc.
Panelists: Franco Montalto, Sustainable Water Resources Lab, Drexel University
Marisa Ensor, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University
Scott Moore, Director, Penn Global China Program, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Allison Lassiter, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
1:05 pm: On the Road to 2021 World Water Forum (WWF) in Senegal
Abdoulaye Sene, Co-President of the International steering committee, 9th World Water Forum
1:15 pm: Interactive Session – Working Towards WWF 2021.
1:50 pm – 2:00 pm: Wrap Up & Adjourn.