African Ministers' Council On Water

AFRICA Focus- Water security, climate change: peace and cooperation challenge

Tuesday 28 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: NL Auditorium

Water is an asset required for all human development endeavours. It is required for human life and wellbeing, for food production, energy generation, industrial activities, recreation and for environmental health. Water is life, in all its forms.

Water is said to be one of the most shared resources in many aspects. As with all shared resources, it is potential for conflicts. However, in reality, transboundary water resources are more likely to serve as the catalyst for transboundary cooperation than of conflict among or between nations.

Climate change has been identified to negatively impact renewable surface and groundwater resources over the years. In many parts of Africa, hydrological systems have been drastically affected thus impacting both the quantity and quality of water.

Transboundary water cooperation can be facilitated by putting in place the necessary effective governance mechanisms.

The session will look at the challenges and tested solutions.



Programme

Convenors: AMCOW and African Union Commission

Event Description:

Water is an asset required for all human development endeavours. It is required for human life and wellbeing, for food production, energy generation, industrial activities, recreation and for environmental health. Water is life, in all its forms.

Water is said to be one of the most shared resources in many aspects. As with all shared resources, it is potential for conflicts. However, in reality, transboundary water resources are more likely to serve as the catalyst for transboundary cooperation than of conflict among or between nations.

Climate change has been identified to negatively impact renewable surface and groundwater resources over the years. In many parts of Africa, hydrological systems have been drastically affected thus impacting both the quantity and quality of water.

Transboundary water cooperation can be facilitated by putting in place the necessary effective governance mechanisms. The session will look at the challenges and tested solutions.

Event objectives and expected outcomes:

• share the status and plans for water infrastructure for climate resilience and water security for all uses in Africa.

• identify opportunities and challenges of transboundary water management for peace and cooperation.

• focus on how the existing opportunities will be maximised and challenges surmounted

CHAIRPERSON: Hon. Mansour Amadou Faye, Minister of Hydraulics and Sanitation, Senegal

Moderator: Dr Tahani Sileet, Nile Water Sector, Egypt and TAC Vice-Chair Northern Africa

11.00: Welcome by the Chairperson

11:10: Water Infrastructure, a condition for sustainable development in Africa, Mr Symerre Grey-Johnson, PIDA

11.35: Basin-wide planning and joint investment in water development as a means for regional peace and cooperation, Mr Hamed Diane Semega, High Commissioner OMVS.

12. 00: Discussions

12:20: Closing remarks by the Chairperson