Water

Women's Leadership in Conservation and Peace

It used to be a luxury to talk about the environment when you were addressing conflict. Today, “we recognize it’s not a luxury anymore,” said Liz Hume, senior director for programs at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, at the Wilson Center on April 29. Similarly, gender dynamics are now being recognized as playing a critical role in sustainable development and peacebuilding.

Sustainable Fishing and Ocean Preservation

The 3rd annual “Fishackathon” will take place on Earth Day weekend (April 22-24), with results from the event scheduled to be announced on World Oceans Day (June 8, 2016). Participants will create applications and tools for a sustainable fishery issue that is internationally focused. In anticipation of the event, we asked two of the Wilson Center’s leading experts to provide a briefing on sustainable fishing and ocean preservation. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

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The Mosul Dam: Turning a Potential Disaster into a Win-Win Solution

Iraq has seen its share of calamities in recent years, but none is as dangerous as the impending failure of the Mosul Dam. The dam, if it were to be breached, will result in a tsunami-like wave that would sweep through cities and hamlets along the Tigris River from Mosul to as far south as Amarah and even Basra. Baghdad would be submerged under five meters of water within four days of the breach of the dam.

Addressing Loss and Damage: Innovative Climate Finance Solutions

The world is entering a new phase of climate change defined by “failure to mitigate sufficiently and failure to adapt sufficiently,” said Saleemul Huq, director of the Bangladesh-based International Center for Climate Change and Development, at the Wilson Center on March 16.

Violence and Gender: The Other Side of Pakistan’s Urban Unrest

Much of the international focus on violence in Pakistan’s cities tends to revolve around terrorism perpetrated by Islamist extremist groups. In reality, a variety of other major factors drive violence in urban Pakistan as well—including issues associated with water access, waste disposal, transport, and drugs and alcohol. In these cases, gender considerations play a key role.

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