The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Event Summary

Recap of "Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation"

Water is critical: it grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity.

On the occasion of the Wilson Center's 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program and nine co-sponsoring programs convened experts from government, the NGO sector, and academia for a comprehensive look at the first year of the U.S. Global Water Strategy and new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict. A recap of the event, including selected quotes, can be found at

AGWA's Coordinator, Dr. John Matthews, gave a keynote presentation during this day-long event. His portion of the program can be found in the video recap below at the 35:15 mark.

Guest Blog | Standardizing Uncertainty: Systematic Approaches to Climate Resilience for Water Security

This guest blog was written by Ana Maria Quintero, Policy Associate for The Nature Conservancy’s External Affairs and Freshwater Team. Ms. Quintero recently led a session at the IAIA17 conference that was co-chaired by AGWA and TNC.


During the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal, a group of water experts presented together on the challenges that our freshwater systems face when improper planning occurs and then explained the methodologies that exist to address water in an uncertain climate. Michael Edelstein, an environmental psychologist from Ramapo College, opened the session with a devastating example of the exponential decline of the Aral Sea. It is known as one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters, leaving the people of the region of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan without a fishing industry while facing unemployment and economic hardship.