Webinar: Groundwater for Water Security in Africa

  • 02 Mar 2021
  • 10:00 - 12:30
Worldwide
Online via Zoom

This webinar is organized under the framework of the UNESCO Programmes and activities to strengthen the Member States’ capacity to respond to water security, in particular as part of the project Governance of Groundwater Resources in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA), funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency (SDC). IGRAC (International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre) located at IHE Delft is also a partner in the GGRETA initiative. Prof. Graham Jewitt of IHE Delft (Head of the WRE Department) will speak at the webinar.

This webinar is meant to contribute to the AMCOW Pan African Groundwater Programme (APAGroP) and its various capacity building actions. The webinar is intended to support African Member States and other relevant stakeholders to develop and implement evidence-based groundwater policy and practice in Africa for improved lives and livelihoods. The training and policy relevant presentations will be delivered by experts from Centre of Water Resources Research (CWRR) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). The CWRR is composed of a cohesive group of academics who have been active in research, teaching and capacity building related to hydrology and water resources research since 1984. Webinar contents are drawn from the various research activities under Upgro, REACH and IHE Delft research programs, among others. The modules will contain a few interactive elements to promote active participation.

Webinar will be held in English via Zoom.
Time: 10am –12.30 pm | 2pm – 4pm CAT (GMT+2)

Presentation topics
1. Overview of challenges to water security in Africa
2. The role of groundwater for water security and the SDGs
3. Groundwater management to secure WASH services
4. The role of citizen science for water security

For questions and inquiries, please contact Dr. Rebecka Henriksson ( )

Programme

  • 10:00-10:10 Opening remarks. Dr. Alice Aureli, UNESCO & Prof. Moshood Tijani, APAGroP, AMCOW
  • 10:10-10:20 Welcome remarks. Prof. Jeff Smithers, CWRR, UKZN
  • 10:20-11:20 Overview of challenges to water security in Africa. Prof. Graham Jewitt, IHE Delft & CWRR, UKZN
  • 11:30-12:30 The role of groundwater for water security and the SDGs. Prof. Seifu Kebede Gurmessa, CWRR, UKZN
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-15:00Groundwater management to secure WASH services.Prof. Seifu Kebede Gurmessa, CWRR, UKZN
  • 15:00-15:45 The role of citizen science for water security. Dr. Rebecka Henriksson, CWRR, UKZN
  • 15:45-16:00 Closing remarks. Prof. Moshood Tijani, APAGroP, AMCOW

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