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May 31, 2012  |  e-newsletter
Udall Center-NNI Research in Focus
2012 | N0. 2
 a series highlighting our projects and programs 

Water Security and Science-Policy Dialogues
in the Americas

UA Researchers Launch Water Security Center for the Americas


Researchers at the University of Arizona introduced AQUASEC -- an inter-American center of excellence to study and conduct policy outreach on water security -- at a public presentation this week before the International Conference on Climate Adaptation held in Tucson.


The new center, created under the auspices of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), will be jointly hosted by the UA's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and the Center for Global Change at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago.


The co-directors of AQUASEC are Christopher A Scott, Ph.D., associate professor at the Udall Center and in the School of Geography and Development, and Francisco J. Meza, Ph.D., an associate professor of natural resources at the Pontifical Catholic University.


The aim of AQUASEC is to synthesize and generate knowledge on water, climate, energy, environment, and adaptation in arid and semi-arid regions of the Americas.


The center's work involves several other UA researchers -- Robert G. Varady, deputy director of the Udall Center; Carl Bauer, associate professor in the School of Geography and Development; Gregg Garfin, deputy director of the Institute of the Environment and assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment; and Margaret Wilder, associate professor at the Udall Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, and in the School of Geography and Development -- plus dozens of colleagues at academic and governmental institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.


> more (UANews | May 30, 2012)


Science-Policy Dialogues for Water Security

by Christopher A. Scott, Robert G. Varady, Francisco Meza, Elma Montaņa, Graciela B. de Raga, Brian Luckman and Christopher Martius

Environment | May-June 2012

CHRISTOPHER SCOTT, associate professor at the Udall Center and in the UA School of Geography and Development, and Udall Center deputy director ROBERT VARADY, along with colleagues in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, recently published an article in Environment magazine documenting the emergence and significance of two science-policy dialogues with the similar goals of improving water management and decision-making in arid regions of Latin America: one in the Sonora-Arizona drylands shared by Mexico and the United States, and the other in the drylands east and west of the Central Andes in Chile and Argentina.

The authors develop a model to evaluate the two dialogues, looking at four key elements: inclusivity, involvement, interaction, and influence (see below). The authors also provide guidance about how such science-policy dialogues might function and succeed elsewhere.

From Scott et al., Environment, May-June 2012.

> more (Environment | May-June 2012)

For more information or a copy of the article, contact Christopher Scott.

Udall Center  

Established in 1987, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy sponsors policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that link scholarship and education with decision-making. The Center specializes in issues concerning: (1) environmental policy, primarily in the Southwest and U.S.-Mexico border region; (2) immigration policy of the United States; and (3) Indigenous nations policy.


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The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), founded in 2001 by the Morris K. Udall Foundation (now Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation) and the University of Arizona and housed at the Udall Center, serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.


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