December 14, 2012
Lesley Pories, Fletcher MALD candidate (2013), attended in November “The Conference on Wetlands and the Ramsar Convention in Central Asia: Celebrating the 10th year of the Kyrgyz Republic after joining the Ramsar Convention,” which was held in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. The conference was followed by a three-day “Regional Technical Meeting on the Implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Central Asia Region.” The conference sought to highlight and address a wide variety of issues at stake, from governmental policy to local problems with implementation. Lesley's trip was funded by CIERP, with additional funding from MIT.
Lesley's academic focus is on issues of water governance in transboundary contexts, particularly in South and Central Asia. In addition to Fletcher, Lesley is also working on a dual degree in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interest in water issues started during her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan and were later reinforced during her one-year fellowship with a grassroots water conservation NGO in southern India. At Fletcher, Lesley is a co-leader for Fletcher Green as well as the Post-Soviet Nations Club and was part of the organizing committee for the Tufts Energy Conference 2012. She is also a part of WSSS, the Tufts-wide interdisciplinary water certificate program.
Her thesis is examining the opportunity for Kazakhstan to leverage the recent designation of the Ili River Delta as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance to its ongoing discussions with China over its diversion of the Ili River on its territory upstream. Over the course of her research on this issue, she was invited by the Executive Director of the Ramsar Convention's Regional Center for West and Central Asia to attend their first meeting on the Ramsar Convention in Central Asia.
Follow the link below to read Lesley's assessment of the role of science in the implementation and enforcement of environmental agreements, following on her experiences in Central Asia.
The role of science in environmental compliance: the Ramsar Convention in Central Asia