Thursday, May 27, 2010

IU Law Prof Moderates Water Scarcity Workshop

Professor Eric Dannenmaier (pictured) has been working with Italy’s National Research Council, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, as part of the Scientific Committee responsible for designing and moderating the workshop, “Environmental Security: Workshop on Water Security, Management and Control,” set to take place in Marrakech, Morocco, 31 May through 3 June, according to the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

The workshop will convene Northern African and European government representatives and scientists to examine emerging risks to regional water resources and the potential for scarcity to generate conflict. Participants will discuss new approaches to the strategic assessment of critical factors (including land use practices, deforestation, water scarcity, and water quality) as a means to prevent domestic and international conflict. It is sponsored by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme and co-hosted by Morocco’s Ministry of Higher Education.

Prof. Dannenmaier, who is Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow, will chair a two-part simulation among participants to deepen their understanding of institutional roles in facing and defusing water scarcity crises. He will also present a paper in the Workshop’s opening session on “Identifying Stakeholders and Engaging Policymakers,” which examines the emerging concept of environmental security and its relevance for water scarcity and degradation concerns in the Southern Mediterranean region.


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