Global Water Scarcity Project

The effects of global water scarcity extend beyond the possibility of drought, spilling into cross-border conflict, global trade issues, and human insecurity. What can we do to address these issues now and create a water abundant future?

The mission of the Global Water Scarcity Project is to build the capacity of policymakers to anticipate, prevent, and resolve transboundary water disputes. We do this through collaborating with key partners, such as Isla Urbana, a water harvesting social enterprise in Mexico City. We are also working with the California State Assembly Speaker’s Office and Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution to create applied learning opportunities and simulations for policymakers and the public.

Here in California—where government, the private sector, agriculture, conservationists, and individuals all have deep experience of drought and water disputes—the region is poised to lead the charge.

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Water Conference 2017
A Network Solution to Global Water Scarcity

Rachel Cardone

Global Water Scarcity Project Fellow, Pacific Council on International Policy

Wendy R. Phillips

Section Chief (ret.), Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, State of California

Marcus DuBois King

Associate Professor and Director, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Tina Cydzik

Senior Consultant & Regional Operations Manager, Southern California, Engineering Systems Inc.

Matthew T. Kline

Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Tara E. Paul

Attorney at Law, Water Practice Group, Nossaman LLP
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