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Seminar 9

“Future of Planet Earth” Participant Biography

Paris, France | June 3–5, 2008

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Irene Klaver

Dr. Irene J. Klaver is Director of the Philosophy of Water Project and Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas ( Her research and teaching focus on social-political and cultural dimensions of water. She has published widely in the field of environmental philosophy and given numerous talks and courses on water issues.

The Water Project features biennial water conferences called, WaterWays – Confluence of Art, Science, Policy and Philosophy ( WaterWays creates public interdisciplinary platforms for scientists, politicians, philosophers, artists, managers, and specialists from both the public and private sector, to explore water issues across boundaries. Klaver also works with the Center for Water Law & Policy of Texas Tech University School of Law in organizing symposia about ethics and water, identifying crucial elements for a water ethics that fairly represent various interests and might lay the foundation for compromise, cooperation, and sustainable management of fresh water resources.

With Dr. Natarajan Ishwaran, Dr. Klaver is developing the “River Cultures – Ecological Futures” initiative, focusing on social-cultural dimensions of integrated water resource management along river basins. It inspired the “Global Rivers Project,” an international documentary film project examining the environmental, political, and cultural impacts on five major world rivers – the Amazon, Danube, Ganges, Rio Grande, and Mississippi. A compilation of the river documentaries will premiere November 2008 in Beijing and feature in IMAX theaters. Klaver is also a member of the UNESCO-IHP Expert Advisory Group on Water and Cultural Diversity.

Irene Klaver is from the Netherlands. She has an M.A. (Cum Laude) in political theory/ social sciences from the University of Amsterdam and was a Vera List Fellow and Fulbright Scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York City and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, where she received a Ph.D. in environmental philosophy (1996).