'River of Contention: Water Conflict and Governance in a Peruvian River Valley'

Barbara Lynch, visiting associate professor of international affairs at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, will discuss the fight for water in her lecture "River of Contention: Water Conflict and Governance in a Peruvian River Valley," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Mott-Borlaug Room in Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther College campus.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The struggle over water in this lecture centers around Peru's Rio Santa. The river, fed by the melt waters of the Cordillera Blanca, is the object of water conflicts pitting indigenous communities and municipalities against mining and energy companies, upstream irrigators against downstream water users, and the regional government of Ancash against the region of La Libertad and national government agencies.

In this lecture, Lynch will question the Peruvian government's involvement and how well it is managing water conflict. She will also discuss what implications the government's involvement may have for long-term equity and sustainability.

Lynch received a bachelor's degree in history from Cornell University where she also received her master's and doctorate degrees in development sociology.