Urmia Lake is the largest inland saline lake in Iran and is one of the most valuable aquatic ecosystems in the country. The lake has faced extreme water loss in recent years due to changes in population, water use, and climate change. Over the last thirty years the lake basin population has been tripled and agricultural area fed by the lake basin water resources has quadrupled. Current water levels are more than four meters below the critical level needed to sustain ecosystems. A range ofusers continue to extract water from the basin that feeds the lake. Inflows to the lake have decreased drastically and the situation has been exacerbated by an ongoing drought, resulting in water levels declining at an alarming rate. Several local and national organizations including multiple government and non-governmental groups are working to restore the lake. However, there appears to be no consensus among the stakeholders on what sustainable interventions are appropriate. Like many other complex development problems, the problem of allocating water to address multiple competing and often conflicting goals for the Urmia Lake Basin will not yield a simple solution. An effective resolution of water crisis for the Lake calls for a major reframing of water allocation and reshaping of existing institutions. The root cause of many complex water problems lies at the intersection of multiple causal forces buried in observational signatures with often conflicting views and values related to: Who decides, who gets water and how? In such situations, neither numbers nor narratives will resolve the dilemma.One way to address these types of complex water allocation problems is to reframe them as joint decision-making problems - from identifying and defining the problem to innovating and implementing mutual gains options for resolutions that can generate politically legitimate policies and projects based on science with active participation of all involved parties.The Water Diplomacy Framework (WDF) is emerging as an alternative to traditional techno- or values-focused approach to water management. The WDF diagnoses water problems, identifies intervention points, and proposes sustainable resolutions that are sensitive to diverse viewpoints and uncertainty as well as changing and competing demands. With this spirit and focus, Tufts University Water Diplomacy Program is hosting a two-day workshop - with several invited Iranian and international experts and in partnership with MIT (including MIT Iranian Studies Group) – to provide a forum with the following questions as a starting point for an engaged conversation: What is the current framing? Is this framing working? If not, what reframing is needed? What metrics (numbers, narratives, or both) are used to measure success? What are the “bottlenecks” in water allocation for the Urmia Lake Basin? How to reallocate water to meet competing and conflicting needs and demands of multiple sectors? Understanding and managing water challenges in the Urmia Lake need to be reframed within a network of variables, process, actors, and institutions. Characterizing this network and identifying key links and nodes is an essential step to identifying possible strategies for pragmatic and actionable interventions. Mismatches between values (who decides, who gets water? Is water a right or property?), choice of tools (is efficient irrigation technology better than changing crop pattern to conserve water?), and disparity in scales (spatial, temporal, jurisdiction, management, knowledge) will be discussed with a focus to find actionable resolution. More information about the workshop is here:http://environment.tufts.edu/blog/2015/05/11/urmialake/
When: Jul 2, 2015 8 AM in Medford, Massachusetts (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08 )
This is a one-afternoon, no preparation required "taste of Model United Nations" conference designed specifically for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students by the ARMUN High School and Middle School Clubs. Students will learn specific skills such as public speaking, debate, and negotiation skills, as well as substantive material such as a great deal about the country they represent and the world issue that is our topic for debate. They will also be challenged to use their creative thinkng and problem solving skills to try to find workable solutions to the problem presented by the issue. New this year, at this our fourth MiniMUN, the last 90 or so minutes of the conference, just before Closing Ceremonies, will be spent doing a hands-on project to make a tangible difference in people's lives in relation to the topic we have spent the afternoon debating. Although a registration fee is requested to cover our expenses, sliding scale or fee waiver is available upon request utilizing an honor-system. Rather than registering via Eventbrite and paying on-line, in which case we do not get the funds til 10 days AFTER the conference, we would prefer you email your information to email@example.com and we will email you instructions for paying by check. Thank you.
When: Nov 8, 2015 12 PM to Nov 8, 2015 6 PMin Medford, Massachusetts (Sun, 08 Nov 2015 12 )
Visit our website for latest updates! If you'd like to volunteer, sponsor or advertise, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Water and its remarkable physical properties make life on earth possible. In this conference we will pay particular attention to water's role in regulating climate through its capacity to store, move and transfer more heat than any other natural compound. Water is a planetary thermostat, and even with elevated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere it can cool the biosphere and address destructive feedbacks in the climate system. Good water management is a facet of good land management, which we covered broadly at last year's conference, Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming. This year we will carefully examine the water cycle, how we can have a dramatic positive influence on it, and in so doing successfully address drought, floods, soil health, food production and climate. Although water and carbon travel together, water cycles can be restored even more quickly than soil sequestration can reduce atmospheric carbon levels. Thus, while we're addressing greenhouse gases, we can significantly cool the surface of the earth to mitigate and even reverse the damage done to date by elevated planetary temperatures.
When: Oct 16, 2015 5 PM in Medford, Massachusetts (Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17 )
Let me introduce to you Sisters in Song, group of beautiful and very gifted musicians I am proud to now call my Sisters. With my longtime friend Jeff Pietrantoni, we formed this new group in 2011 and were very proud to produce our FIRST musical production in September/October 2011 called A BEAUTIFUL PAIR. All proceeds from this wonderful musical revue were donated to Ellie Fund, a local organization supporting Massachusetts breast cancer patients and their families (www.elliefund.org). Read more about our concert by clicking on the following link. (http://www.wickedlocal.com/melrose/news/lifestyle/x155801925/Local-group-helps-breast-cancer-patients-survive-the-cure#axzz1agUCQWOh) Jeff has been a long time devotee of musical theatre and I, a true fan of all types of music. Jeff had been brainstorming for a few years about getting a group together in order to give back to our communities through music which, in his words, “heals the soul”. I was thrilled when he asked me to chair this concept alongside him and even prouder that the group wanted to continue its efforts in 2012 and beyond. Unfortunately, my Breast Cancer diagnosis in 2012 prevented me from doing a show and so the 2012 concert was “postponed”. Who would have thought that I, after performing to raise money for the Ellie Fund in 2011, would require their support and services just a few months later? I believe that fate and faith have brought Sisters in Song and the Ellie Fund together. “A BEAUTIFUL PAIR2, LOVE HEALS” was performed October 2013. " A BEAUTIFUL PAIR3, NO DAY BUT TODAY" was performed October 2014 raising $7000 for Ellie Fund! Please help us beat that number in 2015! I hope to see many of you at one of the performances and, if you’re not local or cannot make any of the shows, please consider making a donation to this worthy cause. Checks can be made out to Sisters In Song and mailed to 1 Converse Street, Wakefield, MA 01880! To make a donation online, go to www.elliefund.org, and click DONATE TODAY. There is a “special option” section where you can choose SISTERS IN SONG.
When: Oct 2, 2015 7 PM in Medford, Massachusetts (Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19 )
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