Webinar: Water Cooperation & Diplomacy
This webinar is part of the webinar series: ‘IHE Delft Online Seminars for Alumni and Partners’. IHE Delft organizes the series in cooperation with TheWaterChannel. They are open to everyone.
6 March 2018
Prof. Aaron T. Wolf and Zaki Shubber
Water management *is* conflict management. Regardless of the scale, ensuring that the needs of the people and ecosystems that rely on this critical resource are met effectively requires comprehensive understanding of both water science and water cooperation & diplomacy, including dispute mitigation, management, and resolution. his online seminar will investigate trends in water conflict management worldwide, and survey some skills necessary to address and transform water conflict at different scales, such as between users, sectors, states, and nations.
About the speakers
Dr. Aaron T. Wolf is a professor at Oregon State University and visiting professor in Water Diplomacy at IHE Delft. He has an M.S. in water resources management and a Ph.D. in environmental policy analysis. His research focuses on issues relating transboundary water resources to political conflict and cooperation, where his training combining environmental science with dispute resolution theory and practice have been particularly appropriate.
Dr. Wolf has acted as consultant to the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank, and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution. He has been involved in developing the strategies for resolving water aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including co-authoring a State Department reference text, and participating in both official and “track II” meetings between co-riparians. He is author of Hydropolitics Along the Jordan River: The Impact of Scarce Water Resources on the Arab-Israeli Conflict (United Nations University Press, 1995); co-author of Core and Periphery: A Comprehensive Approach to Middle Eastern Water (Oxford University Press, 1997), Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Resolution: Theory, Practice and Annotated References (United Nations University Press, 2000), and Managing and Transforming Water Conflicts (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and editor of Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Water Systems (Elgar, 2002). All told, he is (co-) author or (co-) editor of seven books, and close to fifty journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports on various aspects of transboundary waters.
Dr. Wolf, a trained mediator/facilitator, directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediation in basins throughout the world. He developed and coordinates the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, which includes a computer compilation of 400 water-related treaties, negotiating notes and background material on fourteen case-studies of conflict resolution, news files on cases of acute water-related conflict, and assessments of indigenous/traditional methods of water conflict resolution (www.transboundarywaters.orst.edu). He was also a member of UNESCO’s task force for the development of the Sixth Phase of the International Hydrology Program (2002-2007), the UNESCO/ADC Third Millennium Program on International Waters, and IWRA’s Committee for International Collaboration, and is a co-director of the Universities Partnership on Transboundary Waters.
Zaki Shubber is UNESCO-IHE alumna and lecturer in law and water diplomacy at the IHE Delft. She holds an LLM in Water Governance and Conflict Resolution from the University of Dundee and an LLM in Public International Law from the University of London. Prior to joining IHE Delft, she worked as a lawyer in London. She now focuses on water law at a national and international level as well as on the judicial and non-judicial settlement of water disputes.
- Aaron Wolf: Facilitation as a Tool for Working with Water-related Disputes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2g6E9d2eww
- Netherlands, Water, Diplomacy, and Peace: http://www.thewaterchannel.tv/media-gallery/5724-netherlands-water-diplomacy-and-peace
- Indus, India, and Pakistan: http://www.thewaterchannel.tv/media-gallery/5623-indus-india-and-pakistan-way-forward-for-transboundary-cooperation
- Mekong: Transboundary Water, Transboundary Laws and Cooperation: http://www.thewaterchannel.tv/media-gallery/5723-mekong-transboundary-waters