The link between water and security is undeniable. Where fresh water is plentiful, accessible, and well-managed, economies can grow, communities can thrive, and nature can flourish. Ms. Krchnak will focus on water’s role in in achieving social, economic and national security and the key gaps. She will examine tools to bring governments, the private sector, and civil society together to ensure that laws, policies and investments fully reflect the complex function fresh water plays in securing environmental, social and economic well-being. What needs to change to ensure water resources in 2030 are better managed than in 2015 in Texas, in the US and beyond?
Karin Krchnak is Freshwater Director for World Wildlife Fund-US. She leads the water team in advancing WWF’s goal to measurably improve the sustainability of the world’s major river basins in order to maintain nature’s diversity, strengthen climate resiliency, and support human well-being. Karin’s responsibilities include overseeing a portfolio of projects around corporate water stewardship, building good water governance, and building the resiliency of freshwater ecosystems. With a background in international environmental law and over 25 years of experience, Karin has held positions with The Nature Conservancy, World Resource Institute, National Wildlife Federation, American Bar Association, and Science Applications International Corporation. She also served on the Steering Committees of the Global Water Partnership, Gender & Water Alliance, and 7th World Water Forum, and as co-Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development’s Freshwater Caucus. Karin currently serves on the World Water Council’s Board of Governors and its Bureau, as well as on the 8th World Water Forum International Steering Committee. Karin received her B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
The event is sponsored by the Water Management and Hydrological Science program, the Texas Water Resources Institute, the Texas A&M University School of Law, and the Bush School of Government and Public Service.