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Water, Cooperation, and Conflict

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Register today for the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment’s Summit on Resilience, held on April 13. Registration is due April 6.

Water is essential to life. An age of vast global change demands new strategies to manage this substance upon which our planet's ecosystem depends. This year’s summit, the third annual, will bring together experts and practitioners from the public, academic and private sectors to discuss collaborative problem-solving strategies for the protection and sharing of water resources. Topics will include transboundary cnoflicts, local water scarcity, local watershed management, and more. 

Hosted by the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, this one-day conference, held on April 13 from 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. at the Schimmel Center on Pace’s New York City Campus, will include prominent keynote speakers and panels covering local, national and global water challenges and solutions. This year’s keynote speakers include Dr. Peter H. Gleick, President Emeritus and Chief Scientist, Pacific Institute, Michael Berkowitz, President, 100 Resilient Cities at the Rockefeller Foundation, and  John Freedman, Global Partnerships and Government Affairs Leader, GE Water. The morning, midday, and afternoon sessions will anchor the summit include:

The Global Challenge of Water Resilience
Though usually hidden, water is often a pivot point in national and global policy and diplomacy. Our panel of distinguished experts join Michael Berkowitz to examine the role of water in human rights, international relations, and urban resiliency. They will examine the models that have stood the test of time, and the practical and political innovations needed to protect the future.

America and Water in a New Political Era
The slow-motion water crisis emerging in the United States in many ways reflects the global water crisis. The challenges of pollution, resource depletion and inequitable distribution are still very much with us, despite decades of contemporary water law. Our expert panelists join Peter Gleick for a wide-ranging discussion about the domestic and global implications of American water policy in a new political era.

Enacting Water Resilience at the Local Scale
Decision-making at the local scale tends to be driven by state, national, and international policy, but is shaped by local cultural and environmental contexts. This panel of experts will discuss ways to develop and study resilience through local, community-engaged projects. In particular, this panel will focus on water resilience projects that create ancillary benefits for local communities. There will be notable attention to environmental justice challenges.

Interested faculty and staff members can register by April 6 to participate. Questions regarding registration or the summit in general, can be directed to