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"Water Diplomacy Talks" - Professor Asit Biswas

GLASGOW, Scotland

Professor Asit K. Biswas, one of the world’s leading authorities on water, is in conversation with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) "Water Diplomacy Talks" audio interview.

Professor Biswas and Duncan met in Scotland this month, where Biswas is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow. The conversation includes the Professor’s thoughts on the “Scotland, Hydro-Nation” initiative; the role of nation states in addressing national and international global water challenges and opportunities; the mixed history of international institutions in hydropolitics / hydrodiplomacy, and big-picture thinking; whether there is a water crisis, or a water management crisis / opportunity. Professor Biswas reflects on his experiences in these areas and more, and offers thoughts about how the world has managed water historically, how it manages water now, and how that management could improve.

Biswas is founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, and currently is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore, University of Wuhan, China, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India, as well as his position at Glasgow University.

He has been a senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of the United Nations Agencies, the Secretary General of OECD, and many other international and national organisations.

Biswas has been the author or editor of 81 books and published over 680 scientific and technical papers, with his work having been translated into 37 languages.

Among his numerous prizes are the two highest awards of the International Water Resources Association (Crystal Drop and Millennium Awards), Walter Huber Award of the American Society of Civil Engineering and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from University of Lund, Sweden, and Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science from University of Strathclyde, Helsinki University of Technology, and Indian Institute of Technology. Biswas received the Stockholm Water Prize in 2006 for “his outstanding and multi‐faceted contributions to global water resource issues”, as well as the Man of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada, and the Aragon Environment Prize of Spain.

Asit Biswas is a regular contributor to many national and international newspapers on resource and development related issues and is a television commentator in three continents.