Dialogue on Climate, Water, Energy and Human Security in Africa
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH PRETORIA (SOUTH AFRICA)
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The Africa Center for Security Studies, US Africa Command, and the US Army Corps of Engineers seek to connect security and stability to resiliency in preventing, mitigating and responding to climate, environmental and human threats in Africa. Key objectives for an expert community, which will convene in Stellenbosch, South Africa over 27 29 May, 2014, include the identification of threat hotspots, to identify various methodologies for achieving more resilient and robust solutions in addressing these threats, to identify various gaps in institutional capacities and implementation capabilities for organizations responsible for managing water resources in these basinsregions on a transboundry basis, and to launch more robust co operation among and between the African natural resource and security communities. To this end, this dialogue will be launched, highly focused and resolute, to explore these links in four 4 key African regions Lake Chad, the Nile river basin including the equatorial lakes, the Congo river basin, and the Lake Victoria Basin. Acknowledged is the fact that both the threat landscape and the challenges to security and stability in the identified African focal regions are multi dimensional and therefore hybrid in nature. In addition, the environmental threats vary in frequency, intensity, and even spatially within a given region let alone from region to region or basin to basin. What follows is a sample of some key issue areas, broken down by region, that will be addressed during the workshop proceedings. The intent of the following, brief summaries, is to catalyze creative and pragmatic thinking for driving forward judicious solutions in a comprehensive fashion based on multiple assessments of threats and challenges prosecuted on a case study basis.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Environmental Health and Safety