Peace and conflict

SWWW 2018 Session // Water and Security: Assessing Risks and Mitigation Options in Hotspots

Since ancient times, water has played a key role in security and conflict. This role is expected to increase, as pressures over water are growing due to economic growth, population growth, ecological degradation, urbanization, changing life-styles and growing demand for water from the energy sector. With climate change exacerbating water stress and acting as a ‘threat multiplier’ in many unstable countries, the need for cooperation and other mitigation solutions in transboundary and intra-national hotspots become even more urgent.

This event is part of the Stockholm World Water Week 2018.

The conveners will present what is known about multiple water and conflict pathways and present the first iteration of a global water and conflict early warning system, as well as a framework for assessing water and conflict issues at local levels. The audience will be invited to join round table discussion to explore mitigation options in transboundary and intra-national hotspots and identify ways to strengthen cooperation and regional stability. 

This interactive session will bring together 3D audiences (defense, diplomacy and development) with practitioners from ‘hotspot’ basins. Presenters and the audience will be engaged to reflect on appropriate, effective and feasible cross-sectoral strategies for preventive and mitigating action. 

Where and when

NL Auditorium

27 Aug 2018
4-5:30pm

Programme

Water and security: assessing risks and mitigation options in hotspots

  • Moderated by Henk Ovink, Dutch Water Envoy

16.00
Welcome remarks

  • Karin Roelofs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

16.05
Keynote I:
Water-insecurity pathways and how to identify them

  • Liz Saccoccia, World Resources Institute & Karen Meijer, Deltares

16.15
Keynote II:
Addressing water insecurity: options for integrated engagement in hotspots

  • Susanne Schmeier, IHE Delft & Benjamin Pohl, adelphi

Case studies

16.25
Round table discussions on the following cases:

  • Mali, moderated by Karounga Keita, Wetlands International
  • Jordan Valley, moderated by Sawsan Batarseh, WANA Institute
  • Central Asia, moderated by Iskander Abdullaev, CAREC tbc
  • Lake Chad, moderated by Julia Dreher, German Foreign Office tbc
  • Karachi, moderated by tbc

17.00
Panel discussion on the role of the 3D audience in water and security

  • William Rex, World Bank
  • NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme tbc
  • German Foreign Office tbc
  • Joseph Bartel, Undersecretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry, South Sudan tbc

17.25
Summary and wrap-up by moderator

Organisers

  • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Deltares
  • IHE Delft
  • Pacific Institute
  • Oregon State University
  • German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
  • Adelphi
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Wetlands International
  • NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme
  • The World Bank Group
  • WANA Institute
  • Government of the Netherlands

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