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Corin de Frietas presents on 3 August 2010 at Minas International.
There are predictions that water is “the new oil” – some are even saying the next big war will be fought over water. What most people don’t know is that water is already a major driver of many well-publicized conflicts across the world – from Darfur to the Israeli/Palestinian situation – as well as many disputes that get considerably less attention in the media – like the “water wars” in the western United States.
With global climate change predictions, the outlook is increasingly dire, making it key to develop a better understanding of elements that foster more integrated, sustainable, and democratic water governance in order to promote cooperation and avoid future conflict over this finite and invaluable resource.
This Minas International talk will help us understand the power of water and the integral role it will play in the future. We’ll learn who makes decisions about your water and how essentially everything you do can in someway be linked to water politics. We’ll also learn about Corin’s research into water governance in Belo Horizonte and Brazil.
Corin de Freitas is a 2009-2010 Fulbright U.S. Student Fellow researching water governance in the Rio das Velhas Basin. She grew up in the beautiful but water-scarce US state of Colorado, where she first was introduced to the notion of water as the nexus of all human needs and activities – from public health tto environmental sustainability to economic growth to food security. Since then, she has been exploring governance, conflict, and cooperation through the lens of water. This Septemeber, she will continue her research in Vancouver Canada at the University of British Columbia.