Conservation Matters February 2019

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

International scientists to speak on cross-border water issues, March 25-27 in Fort Worth, College Station

By Kathy Wythe

International scientists to speak on cross-border water issues, March 25-27 in Fort Worth, College Station

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Texas A&M University School of Law and Texas A&M University Water Management and Hydrological Science program are hosting the 6th annual Water Lecture Series, March 25-27.

Ambassador (Ret) Ram Aviram, lead consultant for BIT Consultancy of Israel, and Dr. Francesco Sindico of the University of Stathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, will speak March 25 at the School of Law, Fort Worth, and March 26 at Texas A&M University, College Station.

The March 25 lecture will be at 4-6 p.m. in the School of Law’s Conference Center, 1515 Commerce Street. Registration and more information is available here.

Aviram and Sindico will speak at 2 p.m. March 26 in Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center with a Global Water Faculty panel discussion following from 4-5:30 p.m. The room and time are currently being confirmed. More information and confirmed times and room will be available on the TWRI website or by contacting Dr. Rosario Sanchez or Nathan Glavy of TWRI.

Aviram has extensive diplomatic and administrative experience in the water sector. He served in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 25 years, including as chief of staff for H.E. Shimon Peres, ambassador to Greece, director of Israel's Multilateral Water Negotiation Team, and founder and first director of the Water and Environment Department, which initiated and established significant regional water projects, such as the Middle East Desalination Research Center in Muscat, Oman. Since his retirement from foreign service, he has been active on various water-related projects, including the Red-Dead canal, rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River and the water utility of Thessaloniki.

Sindico is a reader in international environmental law at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, School of Law and co-directs the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. He is also an honorary lecturer in international law at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy of the University of Dundee, Scotland, and a visiting lecturer in climate change law and policy at the Institute for Environment of Brunel University, London, United Kingdom. Sindico’s expertise encompasses international environmental law and international trade law, and he is particularly known for his work on the international law of transboundary aquifers. He has served as a legal advisor to governments and nongovernmental organizations and has secured extensive funded research projects on various global and regional environmental and water issues.

The annual Water Daze event, a student competition and lecture, is set for March 27 on the Texas A&M campus. The poster competition will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. followed by a lecture on Texas and Mexico water issues. Speakers, place and time for Water Daze are still being confirmed. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the TWRI website.

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