Water

Feeding a Thirsty World: Harnessing the Connections Between Food and Water Security

Food and water security are deeply entwined. 70 percent of global water use is for agriculture while more than 25 percent of the global population lives in areas facing severe water scarcity and more than 820 million people face chronic food deprivation. As the global population continues to rise and changing weather and climate patterns disrupts food and water availability, we need innovative and forward-looking approaches to securing food and water for vulnerable populations. Join us for a discussion to explore what these approaches look like across the public and private sectors.

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First-Year Review

In November 2017, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development released the first U.S. Global Water Strategy. With contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments, the Global Water Strategy lays out four interrelated objectives to support a more water secure world: increase access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promote hygiene; protect freshwater resources; promote cooperation on shared waters; and strengthen water governance and financing.

The Hidden Cost of China-U.S. Trade: Water

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Danielle Neighbour, Schwarzman Fellow at the Kissinger Institute and China Environment Forum. She discusses how the US-China trade war is shifting the balance of how water is exchanged between the two nations and how “virtual water” plays a significant role in the global goods trade.

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The Water Planet: Managing Earth’s Most Precious Resource

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Lauren Herzer Risi, Project Director for the Environmental Change and Security Program, on the recent conference, Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation. ECSP and nine co-sponsoring programs convened experts from government, the NGO sector, and academia for a comprehensive look at the first year of the U.S. Global Water Strategy and new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict.

Securing the Third Pole: Glaciers, Snowpacks, and Water Vulnerability in High Asia

“For the longest time we thought that water was forever renewable and that it would always be there,” said Gloria Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia with USAID, at a recent Wilson Center event on water security in High Asia. “We now know that is not the case, and we need to protect it and manage it effectively.”

Sustainable Fishing and the Health of the World’s Oceans

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with David Balton, Senior Fellow with Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative, about the strains climate change and overfishing are having on global fisheries.  How extensive is the problem and what are nations doing to combat this increasing stress on the world’s oceans?

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