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Water-Secure Africa (WASA) Initiative

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Water Secure Africa (WASA) - Harnessing Big Data to improve Water Management. Presented by IWMI's Timothy Williams (Director, Africa) at the 7th Africa Water Week, on October 30, 2018.

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Water-Secure Africa (WASA) Initiative

  1. 1. WATER-SECURE AFRICA (WASA) INITIATIVE Timothy O. Williams Director, Africa INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (IWMI) Image Source: Dr. Stuart Minchin, Geoscience Australia A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE TO HARNESS BIG DATA FOR IMPROVED WATER MANAGEMENT
  2. 2. What is WASA? A research-for-development initiative with African and international partners that leverages the latest advances in earth observation and ICTs to strengthen water security. Builds on the African Water Resources Management Priority Action Program 2016-2025, endorsed by AMCOW and AUC.
  3. 3. What are the problems that WASA aims to address? Lack of relevant data and capacity to analyze the implications of demographic, economic and climatic changes for water availability, use and management at catchment, basin, national and sub- regional levels. Inadequate planning and investment in the water sector due to lack of data and information in a readily useable form for decision making.
  4. 4. • Open Data Cube (ODC) technology, developed by the Australian government and Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) • ODC heralds the dawn of an information revolution through the provision of petabytes of historical and ‘near-real’ time satellite imagery and an open platform on which numerous integrated management and decision support applications can be built. • Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data launched the Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC), based on ODC technology, to help 5 African countries, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Senegal address problems with agriculture, deforestation and water access.
  5. 5. 3 7 29 Source: Dr. Stuart Minchin, Geoscience Australia
  6. 6. Source: Dr. Stuart Minchin, Geoscience Australia
  7. 7. • WASA will use data from ARDC to develop a suite of applications needed to translate satellite images into useful information that can support decision- making in operations, investment planning and policy setting. • These applications will help to fill a massive data and information gap in Africa and provide stakeholders – government ministries, transboundary basins, smallholder farmers, vulnerable communities – with timely, free water data and information that are relevant to their needs in easily accessible and geographically-specific forms. • Examples of apps might include geo-specific: water accounting, sanitation services assessment, management of large irrigation schemes, flood and drought early warning and groundwater mapping and assessment.
  8. 8. Rapid needs assessment of government water agencies, river basin authorities, AMCOW Secretariat, private sector and development partners to determine urgent information needs of pertinent stakeholders. • Phase 1 – Develop and test a suite of water planning and management apps that build on ODC technologies and respond to the needs of stakeholders in a few countries and or river basins. • Phase 2 – After Digital Earth Africa is launched, scale out the suite of apps across Africa and develop an Africa Water Security Information System. • Digital Earth Africa will engage other CGIAR Centers to broaden the suite of apps to address other challenges associated with sustainable, resilient landscapes and ecosystems.
  9. 9. Tentative Budget Phase 1: US$ 5 million Phase 2: US$ 25 million
  10. 10. • Improved water management to support growth, food security, water provision and sanitation, resilience to water-related threats and ecosystems. • Capacity building of young Africans to create a new cadre of water professionals and entrepreneurs. • AMCOW Secretariat strengthened in data, information and communication systems to help it better fulfil its mandate as a knowledge hub and promoter of youth and gender in the water sector.
  11. 11. Thank you. www.iwmi.cgiar.org For further information on WASA Initiative t.o.williams@cgiar.org w.yu@cgiar.org Photo: Adam Öjdahl /IWMI

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