Global Water: Drought, Conservation and Security in the 21st Century
Event Flyer (PDF)
Water is one of the most important resources on the planet. From sub-Saharan Africa to India to the American Midwest, rural and urban communities are attempting to find ways to deal with drought conditions and conserve water. There are a number of diverse ways that local governments work with rural and urban communities to conserve water. At the same time, countries have devised various methods and policies to secure water for national security. Issues related to water cover a wide range of disciplines and approaches -- from the international scale to local villages. This conference will address the various approaches and topics related to water and resolving the technical, social, political and environmental issues associated with the use and sustainability of this precious resource.
The conference organizers are enthusiastic to announce three featured speakers for the conference. They include Anupam Mishra (view video of TED talk here) renowned author, journalist, Gandhian grassroots environmentalist and water conservationist from India, Karen Flournoy, Director for Water, Wetlands, and Pesticides Division, Region 7 of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Dr. W. Christopher King, Dean of Academics, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Panel discussions will include representations from organizations such as Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, Central Plains Center for BioAssessment, Engineers Without Borders at KU as well as KU international area studies centers and KU Environmental Studies Program. Topics covered will range from water conservation, sustainable sanitation, runoff management, and the impact of drought.
The conference is sponsored by Center for Global & International Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Center of Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU Environmental Studies Program, and The Commons.
The conference will take place at KU-Lawrence in the Spooner Hall Commons from Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am -5:30 pm on both days.
This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.