Lynette de Silva
Co-Director, Program in Water Conflict Management & Transformation
Oregon State University - Geography Program
Lynette de Silva co-directors the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, at Oregon State University. She is a senior instructor, teaching classes in water management, and water conflict transformation. As a consultant to UNESCO, she’s provided training to senior water professionals, in Ethiopia. Over the past 20 years, de Silva has worked in areas emphasizing water resources and land management practices, this includes a nonstructural approach to flood mitigation in the Red River Basin, in North Dakota; and, remediating contaminated soil and groundwater, in Indiana. Today, her research interests include conflict management, particularly as it relates to the role of women and indigenous communities. In 2019, de Silva co-authored a book entitled, “Resolving Environmental Conflicts: Principles and Concepts,” the third edition, through CRC Taylor and Francis Publishers. She is currently working on “The Water Conflict Workbook” due out, 2021.
Women’s contribution to processes in water management decision-making is documented in the literature at the provincial levels, but appears to be missing at other scales. Representing the contributions of women at the higher levels of water governance may offer insight to their endeavor. Showcasing their varied and accomplished roles, and short- and long-term societal offerings, can inspire meaningful collaborations to benefit women and society at-large.
- Recognize that there is a gap in the literature regarding women as high-level water decision-makers.
- Know that when women are part of the peace process, peace lasts longer.
- Recognize that negotiation tools can be used to empower women.
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