STOCKHOLM, Aug. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- From the horn of Africa to the Middle East and India, harsh droughts and humanitarian crises are revealing water's role as a catalyst for conflict or as profound peacemaker.
On August 29, Circle of Blue, the global water reporting organization, and the Stockholm International Water Institute will co-host H2O Catalyst, "From the Front Lines: How Global Conflicts are Changing Water's Value," a 90-minute interactive broadcast that will explore the front lines of today's water-related hotspots, global risks, and responses.
Global experts, journalists, and participants from around the world will define and debate responses to challenges that are disrupting the lives of millions. The unique, interactive broadcast program is produced live from World Water Week in Stockholm and allows participation from anywhere. The event is free and open to the public.Visit the website to register.
H2O Catalyst comes as repercussions of water scarcity and access are moving across borders and upending lives and economies. A sharp drought was a contributing factor to the Syrian civil war and human migration, while radical groups are leveraging social stress caused by dry wells and crop failures. Already this year, amid the risk of famine and disease, there have been violent clashes in Kenya over grazing land and a deadly cholera outbreak in Yemen that has killed thousands.
From The Front Lines:
How Global Conflicts Are Changing Water's Value
Drought, water scarcity, and resource mismanagement are incubating conditions for conflict
Live Interactive Broadcast
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
3:00p - 4:30p CEST
9:00a - 10:30a US-EDT
Experts and journalists will guide virtual breakout groups to explore:
- Current global water hotspots;
- Spillover effects that can turn local struggles over water into international security threats or peaceful responses;
- How violence against women increases during times of drought and natural disaster;
- Policies and interventions that can prevent conflict and reduce social and economic damage from water stress.
Discussion and break-out group leaders include:
Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute
Senior Policy Scholar, U.S. Institute of Peace
Director of Technical Services, National Drought Management Authority of Kenya
Geoffrey D. Dabelko
Director of Environmental Studies, Ohio University
Roger-Mark De Souza
Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center
J. Carl Ganter
Managing Director, Circle of Blue; Founder, Vector Center
Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, World Bank
Hydro-Geologist and Environmental Adviser, Griffin Group in Yemen
Director General, International Water Management Institute
Senior Reporter, Circle of Blue
Water: The top global risk
"Water's true role in conflict and value in peace is coming to the fore," said J. Carl Ganter, managing director of Circle of Blue and founder of Vector Center, which provides decision-grade intelligence(tm) at the intersection of water, food, and energy. "The profound risks are becoming realities and we have an urgent opportunity to organize around the water commons, more quickly identify and understand disruptive trends, and develop solutions to quench some of the world's most vexing crises."
The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2015 ranked "water crises" as the planet's most urgent issue of greatest potential impact. Water scarcity and supply are serious threats to people, business, the environment, and political stability across the world. To "ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all" is Goal #6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
H2O Catalyst is produced in collaboration with Circle of Blue, Stockholm International Water Institute, The World Bank, The Government of the Netherlands, and Vector Center.
SOURCE Circle of Blue