The XVth World Water Congress of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) will meet in Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 25-29, 2015.
OOSKAnews caught up with Dr. Salman M. A. Salman this week to talk about about his participation in the Congress. Salman is Editor-in-Chief of Brill Research Perspectives, International Water Law; a fellow at the IWRA; and an academic researcher and consultant on water law and policy
OOSKAnews: Please tell us a little about yourself and your role and place in the world water family?
Salman: I started working on water law for the World Bank in 1993, and was the first lawyer to be appointed by the World Bank as the Water Law Adviser. In that capacity, I handled a vast array of issues on national and international water law and policy, including giving advice on and assisting with water legislation, water institutions, water environmental issues, international water treaties and conventions, international water disputes, dam safely legislation, as well as water resources projects, particularly the interpretation and application of the World Bank Policy for Projects on International Waterways. I organized a number of conferences at the World Bank on major water issues, including International Watercourses, Groundwater, Water Users’ Associations, and Institutional Reform on Irrigation and Drainage, and had convened and/or chaired many sessions during the annual World Bank Water Weeks (1993-2009). I have also authored or edited 11 books on water law, and more than 60 articles in academic journals, and more than 100 articles in newspapers and newsletters.
OOSKAnews: You are slated to present at the XVth World Water Congress of the IWRA. Can you tell us what your presentation will be about?
Salman: I will be giving two presentations, one on the Nile Basin and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, focusing on the hydrology, socio-economics, and legal issues related to the Nile, the attempts for cooperation and the areas of conflict.
The second presentation will be on the Human Right to Water, how it evolved, and became an established right under international law, and what are the challenges and impediments to implementation.
I will also be receiving an award from the IWRA for the best paper (honorable mention) published in the Water International Journal in 2013.
Prior to the Congress, I will participate as a panelist in the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance session on Trans-boundary Groundwater.
OOSKAnews: What are your hopes and aspirations for the Congress?
Salman: The event will build on the tremendous efforts of the IWRA and other global and regional organizations to highlight the increasing challenges facing water resources, and to debate the varied and multi-disciplinary approaches toward addressing these challenges. It is an excellent and rare opportunity for the experts in all the fields of water resources (hydrology, engineering, economics, law, environment, management, politics and finance), as well as all sectors (academia, international organizations, NGOs, government officials and the private sector) to meet, debate the challenges and try to chart a map for addressing these varied challenges.