Session 4.11: Fights for water, flows of people : the role of science in hydropolitics and hydrodiaspora
This roundtable sesssion looks into protracted (transboundary) water conflict and conflict-induced mobility in times of climatic uncertainties. Water conflicts are often not (only) about water, making them complex and sometimes intractable. P.Haas (1992). found that finding consensus over terms and method promoted a political solution between riparians of the highly polluted Mediterranean Sea. More recent approaches, such as the Nexus and the Four World approach, likewise bracket out politics and look at ‘ecosystem needs’ to find a common ground at the expert level. Does science increase the ‘solution space’ or are there also downsides to bracketing out the politics?
A second issue is conflict-induced displacement. Wars such as the Syrian conflict created a brain dran. Universities such as Wageningen are supporting displaced academics for study and research here. Can we help diaspora put their knowledge to peaceful uses?
Procedure: Each participant will briefly present their case (10 min) culminating in a preferably provocative proposition to which another speaker will be invited to respond. Participation from members of the audience will be promoted and facilitated. A collective brainstorm for recommendations may close the session.