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‘DryArc Initiative: Systemic innovation to achieve the SDGs under water scarcity in the drylands’


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Cairo Water Week 2019
Cairo 20th-24th October 2019
Plenary Session 1: “Achieving the SDGs under Water Scarcity”
Sunday 20/10/19 (9:30-12:00)
The panelists of this session brought broad perspectives to respond to the many water-related linkages across all the SDGs.

• Ms. Bianca Nijhof, Director of the Netherlands Water Partnership, board member of the Amsterdam International Water Week, The Netherlands
• H.E. Mr. Mohamed AbdEl Aty, Minister of water resources and irrigation, Egypt
• Eng. Yousef Al Aitan, Ministry of the Environment and water Resources, Jordan – ‘Sustainable Development Platform of Water & Sanitation in Jordan’
• Eng. Eweda Morshed, Chairman of the Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
• Dr. Felix Reinders, President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
• Mr. Aly Abousabaa, Director General ICARDA, ‘DryArc Initiative: Systemic innovation to achieve the SDGs under water scarcity in the drylands’ (tbc)
• Mr. Manuel Sapiano, Chief Executive Officer at The Energy and Water Agency, Malta

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‘DryArc Initiative: Systemic innovation to achieve the SDGs under water scarcity in the drylands’

  1. 1. The DryArc Initiative Systemic innovation to achieve the SDGs under water scarcity in the drylands A. Abousabaa
  2. 2. Increased marginal areas  In general, the global area of drylands is expected to expand as the climate warms.  Projections under the RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 emissions scenarios suggest drylands will increase by 11% and 23%, respectively, compared to 1961-90.  This would mean drylands could make up either 50% or 56%, respectively, of the Earth’s land surface by the end of this century, up from around 38% today. Carbon brief 06/08/2019
  3. 3. Increased complexity High unemployment, unrest and migration Food and nutrition insecurity Demographic changes, gender inequality Land degradation and desertification Loss of agrobiodiversity High water scarcity and low efficiently Double impact of climate change; increasing temperature and reducing precipitation Urbanization and heat islands Conflicts and Fragility Malnutrition High Population Land Degradation Loss of Biodiversity Water Scarcity Climate change
  4. 4. We need to move faster Only 10 harvests before 2030
  5. 5. We need to eat differently From Water Guzzling to Water Saving foods systems with more crops, rotation, nutrition and health per care
  6. 6. We need to adapt The number of people who may lack sufficient water, at least one month per year, will soar from 3.6 billion today to more than 5 billion by 2050. Rising seas and greater storm surges could force hundreds of millions of people in coastal cities from their homes, with a total cost to coastal urban areas of more than $1 trillion each year by 2050.
  7. 7. We need to accelerate CGIAR efforts The Global Coalition Promises more than $650 Million to Accelerate CGIAR Efforts to Help 300 Million Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Climate Change. “Investment in the CGIAR has proven to be cost effective and the rate of return is 70 USD for every dollar invested with significant economic benefit for producers and consumers” New York. 23/09. United Nations Climate Action Summit
  8. 8. Accelerate scaling-up Combined knowledge ICARDA IWMI ICRISAT IITA IFPRI ILRI WF CIMMYT Technology development & Transfer NARS Others Research centers RuralCommunities Support decision making CSIRO ICBA CAAS Farmer communities Cooperatives /FPOs … ARCINRA IRESA •research partnership •strengthen resilience of rural communities and agri-food systems •systemic solutions •through designing, implementing, scaling out and building capacity Privatesector NGOs … ICAR … SMEs Start- ups Companies … 8 We need to unlock the potential of S&T
  9. 9. Why do Dry Areas Matter?
  10. 10. Water for agriculture matters 85 80 70 53 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1990 2000 2025 2050 Cubicmeterpercapita 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 %oftotalwaterresources % Agriculture share of total Total available water per capita Agriculture share of water per capita North Africa Agriculture uses most of the water Agricultural water is declining Mostly used with low efficiency
  11. 11. DryArc initiative: a systemic approach This Initiative is not only necessary for the countries in the DryArc region, but critical for its future stability and growth. The systemic approach and partnership-building presented by the DryArc Initiative is key to combine solutions from across the different centers, and put research into practice for impact. It addresses the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a comprehensive way, accounting for trade-offs and maximizing synergies across SDGs, sectors and scales.
  12. 12. 4 Agro Ecological Systems Agro-ecosystems Area (m ha) % Irrigated systems 312 15 Rainfed systems 512 25 Agropastoral systems 873 43 Desert farming Potential 342 17
  13. 13. 4 Technological Innovation Systems (integrated systems approach for reducing risks ) >> research plots, > farm trials / demonstrations, > international nurseries > germplasms, > NARS partners feedbacks, > etc. >> research plots, > agronomy, >CA/Zero tillage> livestock, > rangelands, > household surveys, > value chains, > etc. >> field data, > raised beds> Field ETs, > AWPs, > soils, > hydrology, > land degradation,> erosion>, hydrology, > etc. >> big-data, > open access resources, > cloud computing, > gender data, > > scaling > capacity dev., > modelling, > etc. Biodiversity & Crop Improvement Program Resilient Agricultural Livelihood Systems Program Water, Land Management & Ecosystems Program Cross Cutting Themes Big Data and ICTs
  14. 14. Thank you