Knowledge sharing & science-policy dialogue

Online cross-regional workshop ‘(En)Gendering Transboundary Water Governance: Feminist Perspectives on Water Conflict and Cooperation’.

On 29 and 30 September 2020, IHE Delft organized the online cross-regional workshop ‘(En)Gendering Transboundary Water Governance: Feminist Perspectives on Water Conflict and Cooperation’. It brought together academics and practitioners to shed light on the often hidden gender dynamics of water conflict and cooperation at transboundary level and on the implicit assumptions that guide research as well as policies. We also discussed ways (and obstacles) to foster more inclusive water diplomacy. A summarising blog post about the conference can be fund here .

Water and Peace Seminar

The annual Water & Peace Seminars brings together scientists, policy makers and practitioners to share experiences and gain more insights into transboundary water cooperation. In 2018, participants at the first seminar broadly discussed ‘The role of science in transboundary processes and agreements’. In 2019, the seminar focused on ‘Water security and the principle of no significant harm’. 

The 3rd Water & Peace Seminar aims to better understand the role of data in science-policy interactions over transboundary water. It was planned for spring 2020 but is postponed to 2021.

The outcomes of Water and Peace Seminar 2018 are summarized here. The Water and Peace Seminar 2019 resulted in a Special Issue of ‘International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics’.

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Hydro-Hegemony Conference

In 2019, IHE Delft co-organized the 10th Hydro-Hegemony Conference focussed on ‘The Power of Representation & the Representation of Power in Water Conflict and Cooperation’. The conference was organised together with Wageningen University & Research, King’s College London, the University of East Anglia, and the London Water Research Group, with additional support from the City of The Hague. In this collective blog, the conference organizers present a few of the insights shared by scientists, policymakers, practitioners and students from more than 25 countries.

From the Delta looking up

Experts and diplomats from six downstream countries exchanged experiences in an atmosphere of trust in Vlissingen, Zeeland, The Netherlands, from 12 to 14 September 2018. They shared experiences in transboundary water management, recognised commonalities and differences in approaches, and distilled lessons that may be useful for other downstream countries, as well as for their upstream counterparts. The lessons are compiled in the ‘Zeeland call for action’ that can be found here.

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