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4 Feb., 2021 - Flashpoints in International Water Disputes: The Case of the Nile River

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Thursday, 4 February, 2021
08:00-10:15 AM Pacific Standard Time

 Objectives

  • Highlight the complexity of water science, policy and decision making in contentious river basins.
  • Explore opportunities and threats surround water disputes in the Nile River Basin.

07:50 Zoom Welcome

08:00 Welcome
Glenda Humiston, Vice President, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Soroosh Sorooshian, Forum Chair and Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science, University of California Irvine

08:05 Introductions
Moderator Ayman Rabi, Palestinian Hydrology Group

08:10 The Nile Basin and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and International Water Law
Dr. Salman M.A. Salman, Editor-in-Chief, Brill Research Perspectives, International Water Law
[abstract] [biography]

08:30 The GERD on the Eastern/Blue Nile River Basin: Should It be a Reason for Cooperation or a Source of Conflict?
Ariel Dinar, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside
[abstract] [biography]

08:50  Understanding and Managing New Risks on the Nile with the GERD
Kevin Wheeler, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
[abstract] [biography]

09:10 Ten Years of GERD Negotiations:  Lessons Learned and the Way Forward
Rawia Tawfik, Faculty of Economics & Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt
[abstract] [biography]

9:30 The GERD Negotiation is beyond GERD - Facing the Facts together now than facing the consequences later: Integrating Hydrosolidarity, Hydrology, Technology, and Economic Cooperation
Semu Moges, PhD, P.E., International Consultant, Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut
[abstract] [biography]

09:50 Discussion and Q&A
Moderated by: Helen Ingram, Research Fellow at the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona and a Professor Emerita at the University of California at Irvine and
Ariel Dinar, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside

Closing
Soroosh Sorooshian, Forum Chair and Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science, University of California Irvine

10:15     Adjourn