Dr. Emanuele Fantini was interviewed by SciDev.Net on his DUPC2 funded project "Open Water Diplomacy Lab: Media, science and water diplomacy in the Nile Basin (and beyond)". The project addresses the role of the media and its interaction with science and politics in the Nile Basin, and ultimately seeks to answer the question of how journalists and researches can work together to open up water diplomacy. Find an excerpt of the article below.
The Nile River and disputes over its usage is often represented as an issue between three countries: Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. But in fact the waterway is shared by 11 nations, making cooperation for its water a highly complex issue. Balanced reporting of developments along its banks is stifled by a lack of information and curbs to press freedom, says Emanuele Fantini, project manager for the Open Water Diplomacy Lab.
The Open Water Diplomacy Lab was set up in 2016 to promote science and media as a catalyst for cooperation and peace amid these tensions. It examines the role of these two sectors in influencing ongoing negotiations over Nile waters, working with researchers and journalists to build mutual understanding and improve collaboration.
“The project provides a space for journalists and water scientists from different Nile Basin countries to participate in the joint learning and production process of knowledge and discuss issues related to the Nile Basin,” says Fantini, a lecturer and researcher at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education who spoke to SciDev.Net about the challenges of researching this thorny issue.
Read the full article here.