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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.