Water Security: Key Pathways for Climate Resilience
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and the Bureau of Global Public Affairs are pleased to announce “Water Security: Key Pathways for Climate Resilience”. The live, interactive online program will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT. Climate change is already affecting the world’s water resources. Climate change can reduce water availability, decrease water quality, impede access to safe drinking water, and impact sustainable development. Despite these links, water security and climate adaptation are often discussed as separate issues with separate solutions. This live webinar will explore the relationship between climate and water and highlight the importance of integrated approaches and information sharing to strengthen water security and advance climate resilience. The U.S. government is committed to providing a platform that encourages information sharing, dialogue, collaboration, and stakeholder engagement for cooperative, responsible management of water resources around the world. This engagement builds trust among partners and stakeholders and strengthens cooperation not only on water issues but for natural resources management and climate resilience more broadly.
Policy Director, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
Ingrid Timboe is the Policy Director at AGWA. She first joined the Secretariat as a Policy Associate in 2017 to help coordinate AGWA and SIWI's organization of Water Action Day at COP23. Based in the United States, Ingrid is involved in all things policy at AGWA, coordinating AGWA Policy Group communications, producing the AGWA Policy Newsletter, helping prepare policy briefs and white papers, participating in the Water and Climate Working Group and on the #CIW steering committee. In addition, she serves as the water focal point for the Marrakech Partnership, coordinating our work with the UNFCCC. She co-hosts the ClimateReady podcast with Alex Mauroner. Ingrid holds a Master's Degree in Water Resources Management, focused on transboundary waters, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs. Prior to graduate school, Ingrid spent six years at the World Wildlife Fund working with the Global Policy and Conservation Science teams.
Senior Researcher, International Water Management Institute
Soumya Balasubramanya is a Senior Researcher in Environment and Development Economics, and also leads the Economics Research Group at the International Water Management Institute—CGIAR. Her work focuses on reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities, which while key for poverty reduction, is being exacerbated by climate change. She uses theory and methods of environmental economics, non-market valuation, program evaluation and development economics to conduct research on agriculture, water, environment and natural resources, climate change and social development. Soumya collaborates with the scientific community, public and private sector to influence research, dialogue and practice on inclusive and sustainable growth. Her research contributes to the literature in applied economics. It has also been used by several international development aid agencies to inform investments and programs; and by governments in developing countries to design policy. She is a contributing author to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, due in 2022. Soumya’s work has appeared in international news outlets in print, television and radio format, such as in BBC News, Economist Intelligence Unit, Financial Times, Forbes, Free Radio/Radio Liberty, The Guardian and NPR. She has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa; Central Asia; Middle East and Northern Africa; North America; South Asia; and Southeast Asia. She mentors early career researchers to build capacity of young professionals in the economic north and south. Soumya received a B.A in Economics from the University of Delhi, an M.A in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and Ph.D. in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University.
Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
Ruth Meinzen-Dick has over 25 years’ experience in transdisciplinary research. One of her major research areas deals with how institutions and policies affect the way people manage natural resources, especially land and water. She also studies gender issues in agriculture, with a particular focus on gender differences in control over assets, and the impact of agricultural research on poverty. She is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications based on this research. In addition to leading numerous large research programs, she is Coordinator of the CGIAR program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi), and co-leader of IFPRI’s research theme on Strengthening Institutions and Governance. Much of her research has been in South Asia and Africa south of the Sahara. A citizen of the United States, Meinzen-Dick was raised in India. She received her PhD and MSc degrees in development sociology from Cornell University and her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Washington University.
Director, Global Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature
James joined IUCN in 2009 as the Water Management Advisor. Before IUCN he was based in Fiji at the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SPC-GSD) as the Integrated Water Resource Management Adviser. As Director of IUCN’s Global Water Programme, James is focused on working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to advance water governance and management for people and nature. He is an irrigation engineer with degrees in rural development, science and politics, irrigation engineering, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering focusing on groundwater management in the Aral Sea Basin. He has worked on water management for 20 years in over 25 countries worldwide and sits on the governance committee of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the Board of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, as a Technical Advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative, serves on CDP’s Water Security Advisory Council and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Dutch Governments Valuing Water Initiative. In October 2020 he was selected as a Member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance. He is currently based at the IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland.
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