Panel to explore equitable water allocation and social justice in the Tigris-Euphrates watershed

Michelle StevensSpeakers from Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and the United States will gather at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies to discuss "Equitable Water Allocation, Eco-Cultural Restoration and Social Justice in the Tigris-Euphrates Watershed" on Wednesday, October 3 at 4 p.m.

This panel will highlight one of the world's most volatile sources of international conflict—the scarcity and equitable allocation of water—by discussing current efforts to deescalate potential conflicts over water, ease human suffering and restore vital ecosystems, cultures and economies in the Tigris-Euphrates watershed region.

Panelists include David Kelley, Kelley & Associates Environmental Sciences, Inc; Guven Eken, Doga Dernegi; Nadir Salman, University of Basra; Faiza Al-Yamani, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research; Jassim al-Asadi, Nature Iraq; and Alexander Thompson, The Ohio State University. Joining the speakers will be Michelle Stevens, executive director of Hima Mesopotamia, an international NGO dedicated to stressing the importance of reaching across international borders to find solutions to the escalating ecological and humanitarian crisis occurring on the Tigris-Euphrates watershed.

This panel is part of EcoSummit 2012, and registration is requested by Tuesday, October 2. For more information, please contact Ann Powers at