Innovative Approaches to Water Resources Management in Adapting to Climate Change
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and the Bureau of Global Public Affairs are pleased to announce “Innovative Approaches to Water Resources Management in Adapting to Climate Change”. The live, interactive online program will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT. The water cycle becomes increasingly less predictable as the climate changes, making communities more vulnerable to the shocks of flooding, drought, and deteriorating water quality. In many places, existing water management systems are no longer sufficient to meet these challenges. In Latin America, for instance, emerging water challenges such as seasonal water variations are resulting in droughts and floods which are being exaggerated by climate change. Investments in infrastructure and new technologies are one approach, but how do communities with urgent needs and limited budgets face these challenges? In the lead up to World Water Day, this interactive webinar will highlight innovative water management solutions to build water security and climate resilience. Our panel of United States and Latin American water experts will educate key stakeholders about institutional structures, technologies, and stakeholder engagement strategies relevant to the water sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. The U.S. government is committed to providing a platform that encourages information sharing, dialogue, collaboration, and stakeholder engagement for cooperative, responsible management of water resources in Latin America and the Caribbean. U.S. engagement with the region has long emphasized cooperation on environmental management, including water management. This engagement builds trust among partners and stakeholders and strengthens cooperation not only on water issues but for natural resources management more broadly.
Founding Member, Water Policy Group
Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant who has served in positions in government, the nonprofit world, and the private sector. She is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Woods Institute Water in the West Program and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She is also a member of the Water Policy Group, an international network of former and current high level water officials dedicated to assisting developing nations. Felicia was most recently Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board during the state’s worst drought in modern history. She previously served as Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX and as head of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works in addition to leadership in national non-governmental organizations. She has a JD from NYU School of Law, an AB cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard College, and attended Hong Kong University.
Secretary General, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization
Ms. Alexandra Moreira is Bolivian and a lawyer with specialization in Economic and Environmental Law. She assumed the position of Secretary General of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) in January 2019, being the youngest person and the third woman to hold this position. She has extensive experience in the public sector, between 2008 and 2014 she was a member of the negotiation team for issues related to climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development and multilateral foreign policy. She held high positions in the government of Bolivia, as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for two terms (first term from May to November 2011, and the second term from 2014 to 2015), as Minister of Environment and Water, during the period from 2015 to 2017, and also as Counselor at the Embassy of Bolivia in Mexico from 2017 to 2018.
The Water Center, University of Pennsylvania
Howard Neukrug is the Executive Director and founder of the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Professor of Water Practice, teaching courses on Water-Centric Urban Resilience and Sustainability and Global Water Business in the 21st century. His work at Penn has focused on re-imagining our cities to become more water-sensitive by balancing green, blue, and grey technologies and urban management strategies that optimize economy, equity, water quality and quantity, environmental justice, and resilience. Mr. Neukrug holds a degree in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE043206E) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Neukrug is also a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer and an Honorary Diplomat in Water Resources Engineering.
Sr. Water Specialist, Water & Sanitation Specialist, IADB
Raul is an Environmental Engineer, holds a MBA and a PhD about the WEF Nexus of biofuel production in Brazil, which focuses on how biofuel production in Brazil may challenge water and food security in Brazil while enabling meeting the national and international mitigation goals of this country. Rail has more than 15 years’ experience working on environmental and water resources management, with broad international experience working at the private sector, public sector, multilateral organizations and the academia; with a strong focus in water infrastructure and water policy. He currently leads several regional agendas at the IDB as the WEF Security Initiative at the IADB, which entails pilot research projects and infrastructure design operations along the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. He also leads the Water Funds Program, the Bank’s flagship project on green infrastructure and nature based solutions, the Water Security Agenda, and the Bank’s Initiative for Transboundary and International Waters. He has published as lead author and as co-author numerous publications in world class journals on water, sustainability and environmental related issues.