The Global Water Policy Project promotes the preservation of Earth’s fresh water through research, writing, outreach, and public speaking. Founded in 1994 by Sandra Postel, a leading authority on international freshwater issues, the project fosters ideas and inspiration for redirecting society’s use and management of fresh water toward conservation and ecosystem health.
In her flagship book, the award-winning Last Oasis, Sandra issued a clarion call for the emergence of a water ethic. Through the GWPP and with partners, she works to translate this ethical precept into policy and action.
Sandra’s books and numerous scholarly and popular articles provide valuable insights into the nature of global water challenges and constructive solutions to them. Scientific American has honored her for promoting “sweeping changes aimed at preserving the world’s dwindling supplies of freshwater.”
In 2009, Sandra was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, a position she held for six years. Under Sandra’s leadership, National Geographic and its partners pioneered an innovative approach to freshwater restoration and stewardship called Change the Course, which has restored billions of gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands in North America. To learn more, watch Sandra’s 2013 National Geographic Live presentation, or her 10-minute plenary at GreenBiz 2017, or check out this website.
Sandra’s new book, Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity, will be released by Island Press in October 2017. For more information, and to order copies in advance, please click here.