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Free public lecture: The Human Face of Water Security

The Pacific Water Research Centre in the Faculty of Environment at SFU is pleased to invite you to a free public lecture and discussion on Monday, January 18th at 7:00 pm:

The Human Face of Water Security: A focus on vulnerable individuals and communities

Presented by Dr. Zafar Adeel, Director, Institute of Water, Environment and Health, United Nations University, Hamilton, Ontario

Monday, January 18, 2016, 7:00 pm, SFU Harbour Ctr, Rm 1900, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver

There is growing interest in water security by politicians, policymakers, community-based organizations, and the international development community. Multiple descriptions and definitions of water security have simultaneously emerged as well, signifying a growing interest in the topic and some convergence in approaches. The perspectives on water security in many cases are driven by domain – for example, as a primarily human security issue, or as an environmental concern, or as a geopolitical and military security issue. Some recent work has also attempted to connect it to more traditional security issues including armed conflict and terrorism. Analyzed at its most basic level, however, it can be argued that water security pertains directly to the individual experience of assured access to clean, safe water. This experience, in turn, relates to sustainability of livelihoods, human wellbeing and health, environmental security, and resilience against hazards and extreme climate events. In most cases, the greatest level of water insecurity persists with individuals and communities that are disadvantaged and socially marginalized. Keeping the recent international developments in sight, most notably the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, Dr. Adeel will explore how the global community can foster universal water security; this includes some innovations in public policy and mobilization of resources.

This event is free, but registration is recommended. Click here to register. 

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