Role of Water in Avoiding Conflict and Building Prosperity, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommitee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, September 9, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the September 9, 2015 hearing "The Role of Water in Avoiding Conflict and Building Prosperity" held before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Dana Rohrbacher: "Access to clean water is absolutely essential to each and every human being. That is why estimates that potentially billions of people in the coming decades will be living in water-stressed areas of the world. So this is a very troubling observation and prediction. Without access to water and the implications that it holds for personal hygiene, agriculture, industry, far too many people will be forced to accept lower standards of living. As Members of Congress concerned with foreign policy, we must think how this dynamic may spark conflicts over natural resources or destabilize very fragile governments. […] I believe that as we continue to advance technologically and continue to have innovative ideas that we put into practice, that water scarcity can be managed and mitigated. Increasing human security when it comes to water access and hygiene will not only help improve the lives of these millions of vulnerable people, if not billions of people, but also serve as the strategic interest of the United States. If increasing access to clean water at the micro level helps people in communities to be secure, it follows that their governments will be better able to find solutions to international water disputes." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Oldfield, Denis Bilodeau, and Dale Whittington.

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