Iran Colloquium: Iran’s Water Bankruptcy
Friday, February 28, 12 noon to 1 pm, at the Henry R. Luce Hall 202, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut. Hosted by the Yale Council on Middle East Studies.
Frequent droughts coupled with over-abstraction of surface and groundwater through a large network of hydraulic infrastructure and deep wells have escalated Iran’s water situation to a critical level. This is evidenced by drying lakes, rivers and wetlands, declining groundwater levels, land subsidence, water quality degradation, soil erosion, desertification, and more frequent dust storms.
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In this seminar, Kaveh Madani overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water problems. 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.