How can policy makers step in to stop climate change-induced risks of water conflicts?
As World Water Week in Stockholm kicks off, the overriding theme is transboundary water, and the growing risk of water-related international tensions in the face of intensified climate change.
In their blog this week a number specialists in this and related fields from WSP Environment and Energy will be presenting their thoughts on how we can help promote strategies to minimise future water-related conflicts, including pollution flows across borders and the migration of water-related diseases. Reporting from the conference itself, you can read WSP's blog here.
Marty D. Matlock, Sustainability Professor of Ecological Engineering at the University of Arkansas will also be blogging from Stockholm this week and keeping you updated on the word in the seminars as well as the corridors.
But, in grappling with this highly complex dilemma, questions often only provoke more questions, so are there any real answers? Do you have any solutions? (or questions!)
WSP ask: how will policy makers in developing countries address the problems transboundary water demands cause, with regard to growing population-related water stress and greater national demand for freshwater?
The international frameworks on transboundary waters are currently complex and fragmented. Will co-operation rather than conflict remain the most common approach to transboundary water management issues as climate change impacts intensify?
This forum discussion invites you to share your questions, thoughts and concerns, and hopefully find some answers.