Water

Water, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: A New Animated Short from the Wilson Center and USAID

Water brings us together. It is essential to the health of individuals, the vitality of communities, and the stability of nations. A new animated short from the Wilson Center and USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation celebrates how working together to ensure safe and sufficient water supplies not only increases the resilience of communities, but also helps build peace in war-torn nations.

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

“Food production is the largest consumer of water and also represents the largest unknown factor of future water use as the world’s population continues to balloon, and we face increasing weather-related shocks and stresses,” said Laura Schulz, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment.

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.”

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