Workshops & Events

A key element of WWA's program is to engage directly with stakeholders to provide usable information about climate-related risks. We do that both by presenting our own events for stakeholders and by participating other stakeholder meetings, workshops, and conferences.

Hydrology & Water Resources Seminar

April 23, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 PM
CIRES Auditorium

Iran’s Water Bankruptcy and Politics by Kaveh Madani, Henry Hart Rice Senior Fellow, The MacMillan Center, Department of Political Science, Yale University, Visiting Professor, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London


In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water resource problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong international and domestic pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought—i.e. “water bankruptcy,” where water demand exceeds the natural water supply significantly. Madani believes that the current structure of the water governance system and the food-dependence paranoia in Iran leaves minimal hope for a meaningful reform that can address Iran’s water problems in a timely manner. In this talk, he reviews how the internal politics forced him to eventually resign from his post after being labelled as a ‘water terrorist’ and getting accused of espionage for CIA, MI6 and Mossad.

Kaveh Madani is an environmental scientist, educator, and activist, working at the interface of science, policy, and society. He has previously served as the Deputy Vice President of Iran in his position as the Deputy Head of Iran’s Department of Environment, the Vice President of the UN Environment Assembly Bureau, and Chief of Iran’s Department of Environment’s International Affairs and Conventions Center. He is currently a Henry Hart Rice Senior Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies of Yale University and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) of Imperial College London. He has received a number of awards for his research, teaching, as well as outreach and humanitarian activities, including the New Faces of Civil Engineering recognition in 2012, the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists in 2016, and the Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 2017. 

CIRES will provide a light reception after the seminar.


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WWA Workshops

Since 1999, WWA has held or co-sponsored over 30 stakeholder workshops, most of them all-day, focusing on climate-related risks and impacts to water resource management and other sectors. The WWA Workshops page has a list of past workshops and any upcoming workshops, and links to presentations and other documents from those workshops.

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CIRES Calendar

Our parent institute, CIRES, maintains a calendar of upcoming events that are sponsored by CIRES and its programs, including WWA, or by CIRES-affiliated departments at the University of Colorado. Note that only some of these events are related to climate and water.