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Offer: Asia's Next Challenge: Securing the Region's Water Future

Please join the Asia Society and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s
Environmental Change and Security Program and China Environment Forum
for a discussion of

Asia's Next Challenge: Securing the Region's Water Future

featuring

Saleem Ali, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution’s Doha Center;
Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, University of Vermont

Geoff Dabelko, Director, Environmental Change and Security Program,
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Suzanne DiMaggio, Director, Asian Social Issues Program, Asia Society

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA
Webcast live at www.wilsoncenter.org

The global demand for fresh water is soaring as supply becomes more
uncertain. Water-related problems are particularly acute in Asia-the
world's most populous continent. As population growth and urbanization
rates in Asia continue to rise, stress on the region's water resources
will intensify. Climate change is expected to worsen the situation.
Experts agree that reduced access to fresh water will lead to a
cascading set of consequences, including impaired food production, the
loss of secure livelihood, large-scale migration within and across
borders, and increased geopolitical tensions and instabilities. Over
time, these effects will have a profound impact on security throughout
the region.

The report by Asia Society's Leadership Group on Water Security in Asia
considers the security dimensions associated with decreased access to a
safe, stable supply of water in Asia and provides a forward-looking
agenda aimed at averting a water crisis in the region. The scope and
scale of Asia's water problems demonstrate that no matter how we may
approach water resources-whether on the basis of quality and quantity,
or as the most potent manifestation of extreme climatic
events-hydropolitics is likely to be a growing force in Asian security
that will require a broader understanding of and strengthened
institutional capacities for water governance. Join us as members of the
Leadership Group on Water Security discuss the report's findings and
recommendations.

Saleem Ali is currently a visiting fellow at the Brookings
Institution's research center in Doha, Qatar. His latest book is Islam
and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan's Madrassahs (Oxford
University Press, 2009). He is the editor of the widely acclaimed volume
Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution (MIT Press, 2007) and
co-editor of Earth Matters: The Extractive Industries, Indigenous People
and Corporate Social Responsibility (Greenleaf Publications, 2008). He
is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and has served on
the expert advisory group on environmental conflicts for the United
Nations Environment Programme.

Geoff Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security
Program, a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, health,
and security issues founded in 1994 at the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. His current research focuses on
environmental pathways to confidence-building and peacemaking, with a
special emphasis on managing transboundary fresh water resources. Geoff
is co-editor with Ken Conca of Green Planet Blues: Environmental
Politics from Stockholm to Johannesburg (3rd ed.) and Environmental
Peacemaking.

Suzanne DiMaggio joined the Asia Society in September 2007. As the
director of the Asian Social Issues Program, her work focuses on a range
of political, economic and social challenges facing the Asia. She
previously served as the vice president of Global Policy Programs at the
United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), where she oversaw all
aspects of the Association's policy studies programs aimed at
strengthening the UN system, promoting multilateral approaches to global
problem solving and encouraging constructive U.S. international
engagement.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into
the live or archived webcast at www.wilsoncenter.org. The live webcast
will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You
will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the
free player, visit:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.

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