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EXTRACTIVISM Lecture Series 22/23: Everything flows? The Importance of Water for the Social Contract in Morocco

12.01.2023 in Marburg: Everything flows? The importance of water for the social contract in Morocco (Dr. Annabelle Houdret, German Development Institute, Bonn).

Climate change is exacerbating the already pronounced water crisis in the Maghreb and multiplying the risks to food security, health and livelihoods. This also threatens key state functions such as protection (e.g., from floods and droughts), supply (e.g., with drinking water) and participation of the population (e.g., in decisions about water infrastructure and distribution). In many places, this leads to sometimes violent protests; the population questions the legitimacy of governments. At the same time, the region's social contracts are based on highly unequal and unsustainable water use: an influential elite is allowed in many places to extract unlimited amounts of groundwater for agriculture while small farmers are underserved, and influential investors in tourism and other investment projects are inadequately regulated despite water scarcity. This presentation explains why water governance is central to social contracts in the Maghreb and the risks, as well as opportunities, for inclusive development pathways that climate change challenges present.


From the series
Climate change and raw materials: risk or opportunity?
Extractivism Lecture Series in the Winter Semester 2022/2023

It is already foreseeable that the global importance of raw materials will continue to increase in the coming years. Efforts to make the energy turnaround sustainable for the most part and thus to help shape climate change require that raw materials be given a special status. The desired energy turnaround for the purpose of sustainable climate policy will massively change the raw material basis of the world economy. This will not only mean deep transformation processes for the countries of the Global North, but will also have serious consequences for many countries of the South that depend on raw material exports. This challenges the existing structure of the international system and the global economy.

The lecture series will address this problem context and approach the issues first from the perspective of Latin America and the Maghreb. The contributions focus on the relationship between commodities and climate change from empirical, regional and/or theoretical perspectives. They are linked by not only analyzing the risks of the relationship between commodities and climate change, but also illuminating possibilities and opportunities.

The lecture series will take place on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. , alternating between Kassel and Marburg. To participate in the event online, you can register HERE.


Program of the lecture series

27.10.2022 in Kassel: 500 years of interdependence between Latin America and Europe (Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt, University of Kassel)

03.11.2022 in Kassel: Amazon, Oil Reserves and Corporate Climate Management: A Brazilian Perspective on the Achievability of the Paris Climate Targets (Prof. Dr. Anita Engels, Thomas Frisch, Solange Commelin; University of Hamburg).

10.11.2022 in Marburg: Patrimonial Capitalism, Pensions and Development (Prof. Dr. Oliver Schlumberger, University of Tübingen)

17.11.2022 in Kassel: Geopolitics of the "Great Transformation" (Prof. Dr. Markus Lederer, Technical University Darmstadt)

24.11.2022 in Kassel: Petrolism in the Middle East (Prof. Dr. Martin Beck, University of Kurdistan Hewlêr)

01.12.2022 in Kassel: Supply Chain Laws and Certification of Resources (Prof. Dr. Lena Partzsch, Freie Universität Berlin)

08.12.2022 in Marburg: Oil and Middle Classes in Iran (Prof. Dr. Mohammed Farzanegan, Philipps-Universität Marburg)

15.12.2022 in Kassel: Circular Economy, Raw Materials and Climate Change (Prof. Dr. Sina Leipold, Environmental Research Center Leipzig)

12.01.2023 in Marburg: Everything flows? The importance of water for the social contract in Morocco (Dr. Annabelle Houdret, German Development Institute, Bonn)

19.01.2023 in Kassel: Is Latin America too rich for development? (Dr. Hannes Warnecke-Berger / Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt, University of Kassel)

26.01.2023 in Marburg: Climate change and perspectives of socio-ecological transformation (Prof. Dr. Klaus Dörre, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

02.02.2023 in Kassel: News from the "resource curse": On the relationality of unequal development (Prof. Dr. Stephan Lessenich, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)

09.02.2022 in Marburg: 500 Years of Interdependence between Maghreb and Europe (Prof. Dr. Rachid Ouaissa, Philipps-Universität Marburg)

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