Water supply, food and energy

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Transboundary Water Management Workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa from April 29-30, 2014.

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Water supply, food and energy

  1. 1. Water supply, food and energy • Key challenges & topics for future research • Experience & lessons • Current research & development priorities • Contributors for joint papers • Partner institutions for future collaboration
  2. 2. Key challenges & topics for future research • Transboundary issues: – Information collection and sharing – Operational rules of dams, considering conflicts and uncertainties in the river systems – Food- energy-environment-water nexus – Flash floods: predicting, risk assessment, and adaptation – Efficient water use – Sustainable wastewater disposal
  3. 3. Key challenges & topics for future research • Zambezi river – Optimization of irrigation and hydropower – Win-win solution for food-energy-environment – 8 countries collaborative projects on water supply, irrigation, hydropower and environmental flow – Long-term implications of infrastructure development
  4. 4. Key challenges & topics for future research • Specific issues: – Hydropower: renewable or not? – Financing and institutional architectures for water & sanitation infrastructure – Climate change impacts and adaptation – How can we speed up infrastructure development in Africa? – How do we value and price water in order to ensure water supply for all?
  5. 5. Experience & lessons • China’s experience and lessons – Infrastructure development – Hydropower – Irrigation – Environmental flow – Transboundary issues • Africa’s experience and lessons – Infrastructure development – Hydropower – Irrigation – Environmental flow – Transboundary issues
  6. 6. Contributors for joint paper/research • Comparative study of Zambezi river and a river in China ( Yangzi river ), in terms of: – Infrastructure development – Hydropower – Irrigation – Environmental flow – Transboundary issues
  7. 7. Partner institutions for future collaboration • Center for Chinese studies, Stellenbosch University • IWMI • Power China • DFID • Tsinghua University • IWHR China • ZAMCOM • SADEC • ORASEDOM • Etc.
  8. 8. • Africa is on the move! – population, economies…. • China learn from Africa • Africa learn from China • Africa needs major investment in water ‘3 INS’: information, institutions, investments • China is already playing a role in financing & engineering – this could grow… & add information (monitoring, planning) & institutions (training, system operation, regulation, etc), transferring lessons from experience in China – Better for China AND better for Africa China – Africa: the opportunity
  9. 9. CIES AND INVESTMENTS Thank you

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