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Kaveh Madani, ‘Iran’s Wicked Water Problems and Politics’
November 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water resource problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong international and domestic pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought, or “water bankruptcy,” where water demand significantly exceeds the natural water supply. Madani believes that the current structure of the environmental governance system in Iran leaves minimal hope for a meaningful reform that can address Iran’s environmental problems in a timely manner. In this talk, he reviews how the internal politics forced him to eventually resign from his post after being labelled as a “water terrorist” and getting accused of espionage for CIA, MI6 and Mossad.