Finding the Watermark: Threats & Surprising Allies

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March 19th 2013, 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm

Location: Mercy Corps Action Center

What are the threats and surprising allies to freshwater conservation around the world? Hear the latest developments in climate change through the lens of water from the director of the Freshwater Climate Change program at Conservation International, Dr. John Matthews.

Tickets: Tickets are $10.00 ($5 Students) and available at the door (doors open at 6:30 pm -- enter through the Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon).

We gather for this lecture in the same week as World Water Day (Friday, March 22), when a major high-level international conference of world leaders is convening on water issues in The Hague. There are many challenges around finding ways to manage water sustainably while also helping to alleviate poverty, reduce inequity and secure ecosystems. Climate change is one of the strongest threats, and one that may be the least understood However, Matthews maintains there are many positive developments emerging, and surprising allies in North America and abroad.

John Matthews is the director of freshwater and climate change for Conservation International. Trained as an aquatic ecologist at the University of Texas, he supports field programs within CI, engages with national and international groups on water and climate issues, and co-leads the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA; His work integrates climate change adaptation policy and science into practical implementation in conservation and economic development. Over the last six years, Matthews has advised NGOs, development banks and government ministries in 25 countries on five continents.

Dr. Mathews is the co-author for a 2010 report for the World Bank called Flowing Forward in addition to publishing several policy papers for PLoS Biology and various other publications. He also blogs regularly for and