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January 24, 2018
Oregon State University's PWCMT has announced that in collaboration with the German-Kazakh University in Kazakhstan, IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands, the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, and the University of Geneva in Switzerland the creation of an international consortium called the Universities Partnerships for Water Cooperation & Diplomacy. The goal of the consortium is to harness the expertise and resources of water resources specialists around the world to help prevent conflict and resolve issues related to the sustainable use of fresh water.
November 28, 2017
The International Water Association's The Source reviews Dr. Aaron Wolf's new book The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict. The article notes how Wolf discusses the similarity between water and faith - both transcend borders. Faith traditions offer another means to bring people together beyond the current technical and engineering language used to negotiate conflicts.
September 21, 2017
Director of the PWCMT and OSU Professor, Dr. Aaron Wolf, joins in on Oregon Public Broadcasting 'Think Out Loud' to discuss his new book The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict. The book The Spirit of Dialogue is available through Island Press.
September 9, 2017
Director of the PWCMT and OSU Professor, Dr. Aaron Wolf, has published a new book on The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict. The book engages with how religion and spiritual elements can enable the transformation of conflicts and facilitate difficult conversations. His experience working global with water disputes has demonstrated how addressing the emotional and spiritual relationships with water can allow for conversations to be elevated and conflicts transformed. The book The Spirit of Dialogue is available through Island Press.
September 5, 2017
Dr. Todd Jarvis, Director for the Institute for Water and Watersheds, discusses the state of groundwater in Oregon, as part of a follow up piece on the groundwater resources of the state and its governance by the Oregonian.
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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Watch an Interview on the TWAP River Basins Report