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2018

Regional Training Workshop on

“Holistic Approach to Water Resources Management in Africa”

June 3rd – 08th, 2018 // Yaounde, Cameroon

Background

Water is a key driver of economic and social development, while it also has a basic function in maintaining the integrity of the natural environment. The traditional fragmented approach of dealing with water issues is no longer viable and a more holistic approach to water management is essential. This is a rational approach that has now been accepted internationally as the way forward for efficient, equitable and sustainable development of the world’s limited but most precious resources.

Objectives

The workshop will focus on a multi-disciplinary diagnosis of water challenges in developing countries in general but specifically in Sub Sahara Africa and propose viable solutions with respect to the biological and physico-chemical water quality and quantity parameters, water supply in urban and rural areas, wastewater treatment and a mastery of the latest engineering developments for water use and management.

Scope of the Training

The training course will be an opportunity for the participants to:

  1. Present new findings and approaches to integrated water resources management in developing countries;
  2. Promote communications among scientists, engineers, managers, stakeholders, and policy/decision makers researching on water resources management;
  3. Define new water management expressions such as, water cycle cities, water sensitive cities, total water cycle and catchment management, or adaptive and integrated urban water management;
  4. Design innovative solutions and concepts on the sustainable use of water in  agricultureenergyenvironmenthealthindustry and in the community.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  1. Have an improved understanding of water resources management and its implications for sustainable development;
  2. Be capable of conducting a real-life water management;
  3. Identify potential areas/topics for research in water resources management in Africa.

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2017

Expert Workshop on “Water Security

May 15th – 20th, 2017 // Mekelle, Ethiopia

Overview

Nowadays, deterioration of global fresh water resources is the most challenging questions and it has become one of the forefront scientific and political agenda in relation to global environmental changes in climate, land-use and bio-diversity. Water is not adequately available in required quantity and quality in many parts of the world especially in developing countries. Water still remains to be an essential component of life and hence governments and other agents need to work to secure water to the society. Water security is regarded as the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development.

Thus, finding solutions to water security and related problems through strong collaboration among researchers, stakeholders, governments, non-governmental organizations and the communities is required. Therefore, the stakeholders need to meet in a discussion forum such as expert workshop to explore water security related problems and develop mitigation measures. The expert workshop also creates a co-learning environment among different experts and knowledge exchange through experiences from different parts of the world.

Objectives

The workshop will focus on multidisciplinary approach to water security challenges and its solutions with special interest on distribution and availability of fresh and drinking waters , scarcity of water, quality and pollution of waters, water governance, trans- boundary water resource management and other related issues among with the drivers land-use systems and climatic conditions. Thus, expert workshop aims to:

  • Present new findings and approaches to mitigate water security related problems.
  • Promote communications among scientists, engineers, managers, stakeholders, and policy/decision makers on water security challenges and solutions.
  • Share ideas and experiences in addressing water security challenges and solutions under changing conditions.
  • Present new technologies in desalination

Topics
The workshop will address amongst other the following topics:

  • Global water resource distribution
  • Access to water and water scarcity problems
  • Water quality indicators
  • Water governance
  • Equity and fairness of water distribution
  • Preservation and protection of water for sustainable use of water

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2016

Expert Workshop on

“Sustainable use of water resources

July 3rd – 8th, 2016 // Kisumu, Kenya

Overview
According to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), water is the limiting agent in sustainable development and is critical to all socio-economic aspects of human welfare, including security, energy, food, and health. It is central to the production and preservation and a host of benefits and services for people and can play a key enabling role in strengthening the resilience of social, economic and environmental systems in the light of rapid and unpredictable changes. However, water can also pose serious challenges to sustainable development if not managed efficiently and equitably.

Several water related workshops and meetings have been held all over the world, however the proposed one will be the first experts’ workshop to integrate social-economic scientists, practical sciences, engineering, and policy makers in water research in Sub-Saharan Africa region. In addition, the theme of the workshop “Sustainable Use of Water Resources” addresses the challenges outlined in the Kenyan Vision 2030 programs. Additionally, Africa’s rising population is driving demand for water and accelerating the degradation of water resources in many countries on the continent. Recent research has projected that almost all countries in Africa would face either absolute or economic water scarcity by 2025.

Objectives
The workshop’s main objective is to share experiences, knowledge, and research results among the water management experts and to discuss main problems and challenges in the field of water management in Sub Saharan Africa Region. It aims to:

  • Increase understanding of the interrelationship between Sustainable Development Goals and the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
  • Identify the current trends in water management practices and their shortcomings.
  • Establish a Sub-Saharan Africa network of water experts.
  • Identify areas of future research useful for SSA region.
  • Identify potential funding agencies and their conditions for awarding grants.

Topics
Discussions are expected in the fields of climate change, integrated water management, modeling methods, sanitary engineering, urban water supply, biodiversity, micro and macro pollutants, floods and droughts control, sewer treatments and protection of inland and coastal waters to share their research and academic experiences.

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2015

Training Course on

“Importance of  Social and Economic Integration in Water Resource Management in the Context of Sub Sahara Africa

September 6th – 11th, 2015 // Zomba, Malawi

In Sub-Saharan Africa, and indeed the rest of the developing world, access to water is limited based on time (during droughts and dry seasons) and space (in arid areas). Additionally, Africa’s rising population is driving demand for water and accelerating the degradation of water resources in many countries on the continent. Recent research has projected that almost all countries in Africa would face either absolute or economic water scarcity by 2025.

The workshop main objective is to share experiences, knowledge, and research results among the lecturers and students and to discuss main problems and challenges in the field of water management in Sub Saharan Africa Region.

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