Persian Academic and Cultural Student Association
Iran, Water, and Politics: A Talk by Dr. Kaveh Madani
Frequent droughts coupled with over-abstraction of surface and groundwater through a large network of hydraulic infrastructure and deep wells have escalated Iran’s water situation to a critical level. This is evidenced by drying lakes, rivers and wetlands, declining groundwater levels, land subsidence, water quality degradation, soil erosion, desertification, and more frequent dust storms.
In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong external and internal pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought—i.e. “water bankruptcy,” where water demand exceeds the natural water supply significantly.
Madani believes that the current structure of the water governance system and the food dependence paranoia in Iran leaves minimal hope for a meaningful reform that can address Iran’s water 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.
Monday, February 25th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Montgomery Ross Fisher Building, Room 340
669 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089
PACSA is honored to announce that this year we will work in collaboration with Docunight and the Kiarostami Foundation to screen documentaries on the first Thursday of each month. Docunight is a grassroots initiative to screen documentaries about Iran, or made by Iranians. Docunight screenings take place across many cities in North America, and we hope that the University of Southern California (USC) will become a distinguished center in Los Angeles. We are excited to share these documentaries not only with people who are familiar with them, but also with the community at large.
These events are sponsored by Farhang Foundation.
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