New Assessment Identifies Global Hotspots for Water Conflict

July 17, 2017
New research from OSU and collaborators as part of the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme, funded by GEF, suggests that risks for conflict over water are projected to increase over the next 15 to 30 years in four hotspot regions - the Middle East, central Asia, the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin, and the Orange and Limpopo basins in southern Africa.  Worldwide, more than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction and many of them are on rivers flowing through multiple nations, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries.
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Serious Gaming in Water

July 2017
Serious gaming has proved successful in enhancing skills in negotiations in response to water conflict. Research completed at OSU by  Shelby Hockaday, Todd Jarvis and Fatima Taha looks at if negotiations differed between conflicts and management of surface water and groundwater. It also explores the relationship between a player’s background and social behaviors that may have shaped the outcomes of their gaming experience.
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Global Hotspots for Potential Water Conflict Identified

July 17, 2017
New analysis by researchers from OSU, Spain and Chile has been published in the journal Global Environmental Change.  Findings cite that the more than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction have the potential to increase water conflict between some countries.
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Water and Security: Pressure Points to Watch in 2016

July 17, 2017
Circle of Blue conducted a geopolitical analysis using Aqueduct Water Risk Altas and the Global Conflict Risk Index.  It identifies 10 places where water could compound existing social stressors and contribute to a humanitarian crisis.
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We have SDG target 6.5. Now what?

June 20, 2017
The Global Water Partnership's blog reviews a recently published Technical Background Paper No. 23, by OSU Ph.D. Student Melissa McCracken. The blog questions what the next steps are now that we have SDG 6.5?
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Why 'hydro-politics' will shape the 21st Century

June 16, 2017
BBC Future interviews OSU's Professor of Geography Dr. Aaron Wolf about the future of water supplies and hydro-politics.  He cites three main issues when it comes to water in the 21st Century: water scarcity, political implications of scarcity, and transboundary waters. 
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Measuring transboundary water cooperation: options for Sustainable Development Goal Target 6.5

June 2017
OSU PhD student and TFDD Manager, Melissa McCracken, recently published a Technical Background Paper with the Global Water Partnership that evaluates three methods for measuring transboundary water cooperation including the Sustainable Development Goal 6.5.2.
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Trouble on Water Lane

April 27, 2017
Todd Jarvis, director of the federally designated Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University, discusses groundwater problems near Alpine, Oregon. Due to the geology of the region, water level decline with pumping.
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When Borders Melt

January 13, 2017
What happens when a border melts? An Italian Project is mapping how climate change will impact and shift the location of the country's borders.  Could movable borders be the solution?
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Sixaola: Sharing Waters in Central America

January 5, 2017
OSU Master's Student Dacotah Splichalova presents a platform for discussion on efforts in the Sixaola Basin to share waters and enhance water security.  This article and mini-movie is based on her Master's Thesis research in the basin.
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Summaries from the Budapest Water Summit 2016

December 11, 2016
This blog post presents a summary from several sessions at the Budapest Water Summit. It quotes OSU's Lynette de Silva about the role that water dispute resolution and conflict management can provide to address the potential for water conflicts.
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These Maps Help Fill the Gaps on the Dakota Access Pipeline

November 5, 2016
Dr. Jennifer Veilleux, along with several other OSU graduates, map the Dakota Access Pipeline to help understand the impacts to the Missouri River, connected water ways, and indigenous people.  The pipeline raises issues of tribal sovereignty, water security, and environmental justice.
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Liquidity Crisis

November 5, 2016
The Economist discusses water scarcity, the need for conservation and efficiency of use, as well as defining water rights.
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Dakota Access Pipeline and Water Security of the Missouri River

September 27, 2016
OSU graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux begins the first of several posts dicussing the importance of the Missouri River's water security.  The discussion starts with how the Dakota Access Pipeline could impact the water security of the Missouri River.
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Water Giveaway Threatens Livelihoods, Wildlife

August 26, 2016
The Oregonian discusses how Oregon is helping farmers drain the state's aquifers for unsustainable agriculture at the expense of ecosystems. OSU's Director for the Institute of Water and Watershed's, Dr. Todd Jarvis, comments.
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How A New Source of Water is Helping Reduce Conflict in the Middle East

July 19, 2016
A look at the potential that desalination could have to reduce conflict and unite enemies in a common cause for water, plus the author looks at the possibilities for water diplomacy.
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Navigating Cultural Currents: Sharing Water in Central America

July 11, 2016
Between the Southeastern portion of the country of Costa Rica and Panama to the south runs the Sixaola River. For almost a hundred miles on its meandering path to the Caribbean the river forms the boundary between these two nations - but the Sixaola has many names. Water Policy and Management Master's student Dacotah Sphlichalova discusses her research in the basin.
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Rama's Sandals and the Spirit of Dialogue

May 16, 2016
OSU Professor Dr. Aaron Wolf's blog article for the Garrison Institute addresses the incorporation of the spiritual dimension into conflict negotiations and mediations, and its ability to achieve transformation towards a shared understanding.
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Comprehensive Report of World's Transboundary Water Basins Finds Hotspots of Risk

May 2, 2016
OSU's Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation partnered with several other institutions on the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) led by the Global Environment Facility to create a baseline assessment of all the Earth's transboundary water resources. This includes a comprehensive assessment of 286 transboundary river basins that identifies hotspots where geopolitical risks are projected to increase in the next few decades.
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Serious Gaming in Water

April 23, 2016
Dr. Todd Jarvis, Director of OSU's Institute for Water and Watersheds, provides an overview of the different types of "serious games" and applications that are available as tools for training students in water negotiations.
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Cultural Costs of Tropical Dams

April 8, 2016
OSU Graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux and Dr. Elizabeth Anderson of Florida International University published a letter in Science discussing the cultural impacts of dam construction in tropical regions.
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Global List of Water-Related Conflicts Grows

February 18, 2016
The latest edition of the Pacific Institute’s Water Conflict Chronology shows a rise in the number of water related clashes in the past three decades. Oregon State's Dr. Michael Campana is quoted discussing the exclusion of groundwater in the latest estimates for describing water scarcity.
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Islamic State Uses Syria's Biggest Dam as Refuge and Potential Weapon

January 20, 2016
Islamic State militants are using Syria's Taqba Dam to hide prisoners and shelter senior officials. As this dam, and others, are vital to the region, Dr. Aaron Wolf comments that "These aren't the people you want controlling basically the arteries of the region."
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Research and Documentation of Global Rivers - Dr. Jennifer Veilleux: River Geographer | Artist

December 2015
Geography and Photography website features scientific papers, resources, stories, and portraits from dam development on the Blue Nile and Mekong rivers by OSU graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux. Content is focused on global freshwater security.
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Aaron Wolf Wins AAG Gilbert White Public Service Award

December 9, 2015
Dr. Aaron Wolf, geography professor at OSU, was honored with the 2016 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Gilbert White Public Service Award for his work on mediating transboundary water resources conflicts in the Middle East.
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