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Seeking Innovative Solutions for Thirsty Rivers in China, US and the Middle East

Date & Time

Oct. 27, 2022
9:00am – 10:15am ET


The deadly droughts and floods in the summer of 2022 gave the world a sobering reminder of the costs of inaction on climate change and the weaknesses in existing water infrastructure. In the run up to the November climate conference in Egypt, CEF is bringing together three experts to dive into obstacles and solutions for China, the United States, Iraq and Iran to act on protecting rivers in a climate vulnerable world. 

This discussion will feature Ma Jun (Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs and Wilson Center Global Fellow), whose dynamic NGO is committed to promoting transparency around pollution and climate change in China; Susanne Schmeier, an Associate Professor of Water Law and Diplomacy at IHE Delft, who focuses on the legal and institutional dimensions of water resources management at both the (sub-)national and transboundary levels, and John Matthews who co-founded the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation in 2010 with the World Bank where he focuses on the intersection of water with climate adaptation and resilience.

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China Environment Forum

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge US-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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