Africa-EU Water Management Cooperation: Challenges and Perspectives.
Africa accounts for more than 15% of the global population. The continent is experiencing the highest urban population growth anywhere in the world. This has led to an unprecedented explosion of local innovations to meet the challenge of providing essential services: water, sanitation, waste management and energy. Water has been a central and defining theme of Africa’s development agenda for decades. Climate change across the African continent will result in altered rainfall patterns, with some areas becoming drier and others seeing increased levels of precipitation. Agricultural crop yields are greatly impacted by the availability of water or the occurrence of drought, as demonstrated by a growing body of research. And, water remains central to our livelihoods: for hydration and cooking, for healthcare, and for industry and manufacturing. To address Africa’s water opportunity, the session will feature a diverse mix of researchers, and private sector representatives, and non-profits working on 21st century solutions to water. It will identify the challenges, solutions and cooperation opportunities for the African continent, from a governance and technological standpoint and discuss areas of cooperation with Europe.