Global Water Challenges Addressed on Capitol Hill

New Papers Explore Water Scarcity, Allocation, Sanitation

Oct 24, 2005

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Sandia National Laboratories released the White Paper "Addressing Our Global Water Future" at a Capitol Hill meeting on September 28. Senate Energy and Natural Resource Chairman Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) opened the meeting, which focused on growing challenges to global water issues such as scarcity and allocation.

The white paper addresses the relationship between water and geopolitical stability, and examines water as a strategic interest for U.S. foreign policy and national security. ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko testified before the House International Relations Committee on this topic in June.

Like the white paper, ECSP's Navigating Peace working group on water and conflict addresses the relationship between water resource management and international security. In addition, Navigating Peace's Water Working Group One is preparing five papers on alternative approaches to providing clean water and sanitation. The papers will be released sometime next year.

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