This World Water Day, NMAD welcomed the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ Tess Ericson to Diplomacy Classroom. Tess helped us learn about some of the complexities of water issues.
Freshwater is vital for food production, energy security, economic development, and human consumption. As an essential resource, water scarcity requires diverse and innovative solutions. By examining domestic water issues in the United States, diplomats at the State Department can address global issues through programs such as the U.S. Global Water Strategy and Ambassador’s Water Expert Program.
The neighboring countries of Yeeland and Grusa share a freshwater lake that is home to the Lauret crane, an endangered species and major tourist attraction. Yeeland is constructing a hydroelectric dam to provide it with a much-needed power source. However, Grusa fears the dam will affect the lake’s water levels, harming the…
To mediate the conflict, a summit has been called with representatives from the non-governmental organization community, the African Union, the United Nations, and the countries of Sudan, China, and the United States.