PWCMT Co-Director Dr. Aaron Wolf Discusses Water, Climate Change, and Conflict with Dr. Peter Gleick

Program Co-Director Dr. Aaron Wolf was joined by Dr. Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute, in a discussion on the potential linkages between water, climate change, and conflict. Moderated by Dr. Susanne Schmeier of IHE-Delft, the video is part of the larger K4D Water Security Learning Journey led by the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Drs. Wolf and Gleick discuss different opportunities and challenges for water conflict and diplomacy from the sub-national to transboundary scales. To watch the full video, please use this link.


PWCMT Co-Director Dr. Aaron Wolf and OSU Professor Dr. Hannah Gosnell Discuss Water Conflict in the Klamath Basin

Program Co-Director Dr. Aaron Wolf was joined by OSU geography professor Dr. Hannah Gosnell in discussing water conflict in the Klamath river basin on a recent episode of the "Think Out Loud" podcast hosted by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Spanning southern Oregon and northern California, the Klamath basin is suffering from one of the worst droughts in the region's history. Local tribes, ranchers, farmers, and commercial and tribal fisheries have come into conflict over competing water uses. Dr. Wolf and Dr. Gosnell describe the dynamics of water use and water conflict in the basin and discuss possiblities for mediating the issue. Listen to the podcast and read a transcript here.

Lynette de Silva looks at the Vanport disaster through a new lens

Program Co-Director Lynette de Silva has taken a new look at the Vanport disaster of 1948 through the lens of transformative conflict analysis. In 1948, the community of Vanport, Oregon, home to a large Black community, was washed away by a historic flood event. In her new research, de Silva tests the utility of the transformative water conflict analysis framework in the Vanport context by constructing a situation map and placing the Vanport story into one of the four stages of water conflict transformation. In doing so, she highlights the importance of the agency displayed by Vanport residents. To learn more about how racism, bad weather, community history, and poor urban planning and flood management contributed to the Vanport disaster, read more here.

New Interactive Maps of Hydropolitical Tension and Institutional Vulnerability Posted

The Hydropolitical Tension and Institutional Vulnerability Datasets have been posted on Resource Watch and the Water, Peace, and Security (WPS) website. This data was calculated by the TFDD as part of the Transboundary Water Assessment Programme's River Basin Component. Using this data it is possible to map the relative risk category for hydropolitical tension at the basin and basin country unit level. The risk of hydropolitical tension is determined by the level of institutional vulnerability and level of hazard due to water infrastructure development. Check out the interactive maps on Resource Watch and WPS to learn more.

Webinar: The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Water Conflicts

In this webinar hosted by the American Water Resources Association, PWCMT Director Aaron Wolf discusses how wisdom, constructs, and practices from the world's faith traditions and indigienous communities can be applied toward deep interactions around contentious issues, including water. Topics explored include cross-cultural models of understanding the sources of conflict and anger, deep listening skills, methods for evaluating and nuancing dialogue as a pathway to understanding, and techniques for self check-ins for potential conflicts within.

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Webinar Series on Hydro-Diplomacy

The Indian Institute for Technology Guwahati (IIT), in conjunction with the Universities Partnership, is organizing a webinar series on hydro-diplomacy that will run from 18 September 2020 to 12 November 2020. The series will open with an Inception Webinar on 18 September 2020 with a panel discussion on the fundamentals of hydro-diplomacy. Weekly webinars will cover themes such as power in water diplomacy; communication and the media in water diplomacy; gender and hydro-diplomacy; transboundary water conflict and cooperation; international water law; mediation, dispute resolution, and conflict management; and sustainable solutions to water scarcity. Global water and diplomacy experts such as Prof. Aaron Wolf, Dr. Jeroen Warner, Prof. Mark Zeitoun, Ms. Natasha Carmi, Ms. Christina Leb, and Ms. Lena Salame will feature in the webinars. Please find a full schedule of the webinar series here.
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Dr. Aaron Wolf Joins IHE Delft as Professor of Water Cooperation and Diplomacy

July 6, 2020
IHE Delft Institute has recently welcomed Prof. Aaron Wolf as a part-time professor of water cooperation and diplomacy. Prof. Wolf is Co-Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation at Oregon State University and is a professor of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Prof. Wolf's expertise in water diplomacy and conflict resolution will contribute to the IHE Delft water diplomacy team's teaching, research, and advisory approach to understanding the dynamics of water conflict and cooperation. 
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University of Arizona joins the Universities Partnership for Water Cooperation and Diplomacy

January 28, 2020
The University of Arizona's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy has become the latest member of the Universities Partnership for Water Cooperation and Diplomacy (UPWCD), an international network of research institutions that strives to advance the field of water cooperation and diplomacy, A recent publication by Udall Center researchers, "U.S.-Mexico Hydrodiplomacy: Foundations, change, and future challenges, is highlighted on the UPWCD website as an example of the Udall Center's focus on water diplomacy within the U.S.-Mexico border region.
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New Database Catalogs more than 38,000 Georerefenced Dams

January 21, 2020
Researchers at King's College, London and Michigan Technological University have developed the GlObal geOreferenced Database of Dams (GOODD), a global dataset of more than 38,000 georeferenced dams. GOODD will enable improved global analyses of the impact dams have on society and the environment, and also advances understanding of the effect of environmental change on dam cactchments.
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Newly Developed Early Warning Tool to Predict Risk of Water-Related Conflict

December 6, 2019
The Water, Peace, and Security (WPS) partnership has developed a groundbreaking Global Early Warning Tool using data from the Pacific Institute's Water Conflict Chronology to predict the risk of violent conflict up to 12 months before it occurs. The WPS Global Early Warning Tool compares patterns between violent conflict and 80 environmental, social, and economic variables across a timeline of 20 years to the present day to identify potential water-related conflict hotspots across Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia.
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Early findings from the WPS Global Early Warning Tool indicate that many water-stressed regions including Mali, Nigeria, Basra, Iraq, and southwestern Iran are likely to experience violent conflict in the next 12 months as a result of water-related factors.
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New Article Published: Environmental Cooperation in Conflict Zones

August 24, 2019
OSU Water Policy and Management graduate and current Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware, Mehmet Altingoz, has published a new article investigating cooperation occurring in conflict zones, specifically in the Armenian–Turkish Border.  The paper explored the example of the Arpacay/Akhuryan Dam.
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How climate change can fuel wars

May 25, 2019
The Economist takes a look at how climate change can lead to an increase in conflict at various scales.  They interview PWCMT Director, Dr. Aaron Wolf, about the research collected within the TFDD and how the potential for conflict can increase in the face of change if there is not enough capacity to adapt to the change. 
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Resolving Environmental Conflicts: Principles and Concepts

May 23, 2019
PWCMT Director Lynette de Silva has released her newly published book on Resolving Environmental Conflicts: Principles and Concepts. The book summary, opens with, “Resolving a conflict is based on the art of helping people, with disparate points of view, find enough common ground to ease their fears, sheath their weapons, and listen to one another for their common good, which ultimately translates into social-environmental sustainability for all generations. Written in a clear, concise style, Resolving Environmental Conflicts: Principles and Concepts, Third Edition is a valuable, solution-oriented contribution that explains environmental conflict management….”
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Turkey, dams, and its neighbors

May 22, 2019
PWCMT Director Dr. Aaron Wolf talks the PRI's The World about dam-building projects on the Tigris-Euphrates and the efforts to address impacts in Turkey as well as downstream in Syria and Iraq. 
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Dam Impacts Database - Now Available

May 5, 2019
Created by researchers and students, this database is intended to help policymakers, researchers, community members and others find information on a selection of dams from around the world. Our aim is to better understand how hydropower dams affect the individuals and communities who live near them, with a particular focus on population displacement and resettlement.  Currently, more than 500 dams from most of the world’s major river systems are included in the database, with information drawn from more than 700 published references. 
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New Article Published!

March 29, 2019
TFDD Manager, Melissa McCracken, and PWCMT Director, Dr. Aaron Wolf, have published a new article that provides a new look at the Register of International River Basins.  Bringing the count to 310, Updating the Register of International River Basins of the World addresses new data, data inconsistencies, and answers the question: 'Where does a river end?'.  The updated river basin and basin country unit delineations can be downloaded here
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UPEACE The Hague event brings together students with Dutch minister Kaag

March 8, 2019
OSU partner institution, University for Peace, held an event at UPEACE Centre the Hague on 8 March 2019.  PWCMT's Dr. Aaron Wolf demonstrated how scholars can put peace into practice, by helping to resolve conflicts over water, which highlights the focus of the joint master's programme in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy offered by OSU, UPEACE, and IHE Delft. 
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Institute researches, resolves water conflicts

January 31, 2019
Director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds, Dr. Todd Jarvis, talks about his work in Oregon and working to resolve water conflicts throughout the state. 
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Water Cooperation and Diplomacy - Video

December 2018
Together with partner universities - IHE Delft and University for Peace - OSU's Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation offers a Joint Master's Program in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy.  Watch Dr. Aaron Wolf and current students discuss the program, its unique features and what its bringing to the Aral Sea Basin. 
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Transboundary Water Cooperation And The Sustainable Development Goals

December 10, 2018
TFDD Database Manager, Melissa McCracken, and co-author, Chloé Meyer, discuss a recently published journal article that evaluates the methodology for measuring cooperative arrangements for operational cooperation as part of the Sustainable Development Goals through Indicator 6.5.2. Through a national and global overview, they identify strengths and limitations of SDG Indicator 6.5.2. 
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Water Talks Series n 4 - Prof. A. Wolf

February 22, 2018
The Geneva Water Hub interviews the PWCMT's Dr. Aaron Wolf as part of their Water Talks Series.  He discusses early warning mapping for anticipating and prevent water conflicts. 

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Water scarcity fuels tensions across the Middle East

November 1, 2018
The PWCMT's Dr. Aaron Wolf speaks to NBC News about recent news regarding the Island of Peace on the border between Jordan and Israel.  The island was established as part of the 1994 peace and water sharing agreement between the two countries. 
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Measuring transboundary water cooperation: options for SDG Target 6.5

September 2018
Manager of the Transboundary Boundary Freshwater Dispute Database and PhD Candidate, Melissa McCracken, has published a review of the methodology of Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.5.2 as part of the Global Water Partnership's Technical Background Papers series. It presents three methods for measuring cooperation to compare methodologies and presents several recommentations and guidance in the hope of aiding better monitoring, understanding, and use of SDG 6.5.2.
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Measuring transboundary water cooperation: options for Sustainable Development Goal Target 6.5

Water Shortages, Intensified by Climate Change, Threaten World’s Hotspots

August 30, 2018
The Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation's Dr. Aaron Wolf discusses climate change, water shortage, and the potential for conflict and cooperation over shared waters, as part of a larger article on climate variability and water scarcity and their potential to impact hotspots globally.  
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In a warming world, the fight for water can push nations apart-or bring them together

August 16, 2018
Aaron Wolf, a professor and director of the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, has spent most of the last three decades compiling evidence that undermines conventional wisdom: Yes, water causes conflict, especially when two or more countries share it, and especially when it’s running out—but in the majority of cases, conflicts can be mitigated or resolved through mediation and cooperation. 
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