Projects - Water Diplomacy

Ensuring everyone can access clean, safe, and drinkable water is an essential right. In the light of an increasingly complex world where global climatic patterns are shifting the distribution of water, environmental deterioration, and political instability all threaten people’s ability to access water. Further, geopolitical tensions and conflict across transboundary water bodies can prevent populations access to safe and plentiful water. At IEDS, we aim to mitigate these transboundary water conflicts through water diplomacy.
We believe the best way to enact water diplomacy is through convening diverse stakeholders and establishing mutual trust and cooperation framed by the thing we all care about: water. Other avenues of water diplomacy include grassroots citizen-science based water monitoring to obtain a trusted data source and empower local communities to take charge in the stewardship of this essential resource.

In order to tackle the pressing issue of ensuring equitable and plentiful access of clean water to all communities across the world, we decided to form TWIN, or Transboundary Water In-cooperation Network, a network of networks whose mission is to “strengthen and mobilize existing organizational networks that work locally, nationally and globally towards ‘equitable and reasonable’ sharing water resources across borders.” To learn more about TWIN’s vision, see our partners, or join the network, please visit the TWIN website here.

Vermont EPSCoR was awarded a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1, $20M award on June 1, 2016 for research on Lake Champlain Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE). The research...

The first international peace park idea involving an armed conflict between neighboring countries was in the Cordillera del Condor region between Ecuador and Peru.  This case deserves special...

Leveraging our location at an academic institution, IEDS is developing a series of learning modules on environmental diplomacy and security which can be used for academic credit towards a degree...

While considerable research has been undertaken on links between environmental decline and conflict, very little empirical research has occurred on the mechanisms by which environmental issues can...

IEDS fellow, Pamela Griffin is developing a detailed inventory of all Ramsar Convention wetland sites which cross jurisdictional boundaries. She will be prioritizing the wetlands in terms of their...

Vermont proposes to support physical, human and cyberinfrastructure improvements in the state’s research infrastructure with a transdiciplinary research theme of adaptation to climate change that...

Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network (TWIN) is a network of grassroots organizations, academic & scientific institutions, and individuals sharing a vision of Our mission is to strengthen...

The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide. The...