Community-Based Water Tenure and Women in Water Diplomacy

July 8, 2019 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Washington, DC (and webinar)

An ELI WELL (Women in Environmental Law  & Leadership) Seminar

Participants joined ELI for a discussion of two ground-breaking projects that highlight the importance of community-based water tenure rights and the role of women in water governance from the local to the transboundary level.

In Summer 2019, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and ELI will release the findings of an innovative methodology and global analysis that monitors national legal recognition of Indigenous Peoples’, local communities’, and indigenous and community women’s freshwater tenure rights. This 15-country study provides vital insights on the mechanisms for stronger legal protections for these rights and identifies priority areas for future research and advocacy initiatives. RRI Tenure Analyst, Chloe Ginsburg, joined the Director of ELI’s International Water Program, Jessica Troell, to provide an overview of this path-breaking study and its findings.

In the Nile Basin, ELI is working in partnership with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to elevate perspectives from women water leaders and to shine a light on the persistent failure to include women equitably in political decision-making processes related to transboundary waters. Jessica Troell shared the work being done to establish and broaden a network of Women in Water Diplomacy to catalyze more inclusive decision-making in the Nile and beyond.

Chloe Ginsburg, Tenure Analyst, Rights and Resources Initiative
Jessica Troell, Director, International Water Program; Director, Africa Program; and Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute


Chloe Ginsburg presentation
Jessica Troell presentation