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Water Insecurity: Finding Global Solutions in the Aftermath of Bolivia’s Water War


for Members

Water Insecurity: Finding Global Solutions in the Aftermath of Bolivia’s Water War

Monday, April 20, 2020

​Roosevelt House, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065

Presented By

The Anthropology Section

The New York Academy of Sciences


Water insecurity—the lack of adequate and safe water for a healthy and productive life—is one of the greatest threats facing humans in the coming century. By 2030, half of the world is expected to be living in water-stressed conditions, given current climate change scenarios. A key goal of the UN Water Action Decade and Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to improve water security for the 3 billion people globally affected, but the future looks grim. For many communities, from Cape Town, S.A. to Flint, U.S., the imagined dystopian future of severe water shortages has already arrived—shaped not so much by lack of water, but by aging infrastructure, underfunded utilities, social exclusion, politicized commodification, and environmental racism.

Drawing from Dr. Wutich's research in Cochabamba, Bolivia, she traces how our understanding of water insecurity has advanced dramatically in the last two decades. But, much more needs be done. Dr. Wutich will discuss how locally-grounded research has contributed important solutions to the effort to attain global water security, while highlighting some practical and ethical challenges to advancing a core mission of providing safe, sufficient water to all.

Location: Roosevelt House, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065

A dinner and wine reception will precede the talk. Buffet dinner begins at 5:45 PM.

Lectures begin at 6:30 PM and are free and open to the public, but registration is required.



Amber Wutich

Arizona State University