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Iran, Water, and Politics: A Talk by Dr. Kaveh Madani

  • Montgomery Ross Fisher Building 669 West 34th Street Los Angeles, CA, 90089 United States (map)

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