Water-Energy-Food Confrontations in the World's Fastest-Growing Economy
Speaker: Jennifer Turner, China Environment Forum Director, Woodrow Wilson Center
Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: GPS Robinson Building Complex, room 3201
The water-energy-food choke point is forcing a new 21st century reckoning. Three colliding trends – declining freshwater reserves, booming energy demand and uncertain grain supplies – are disrupting economies, governments and environments around the world.
China’s energy and environmental security is threatened as the country hits these choke points. How China deals with these confrontations has significant domestic and global consequences.
At this talk, Jennifer Turner, director of Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, discussed the major water-energy-food nexus trends in China and her work on engaging Chinese policy, research, business and NGOs to address these natural-resource choke points.
Turner has been the director of the China Environment Forum for 14 years where she creates meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, as well as environmental nongovernmental organizations, environmental journalism and environmental governance in China.
She serves as editor of the Wilson Center’s journal "China Environment Series," which is distributed to over 5,000 environmental practitioners around the world. She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Comparative Politics in 1997 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation examined local government innovation in implementing water policies in the China.
This event was cosponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.
Materials and Media
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