AfriAlliance Call for Ideas: long term knowledge gaps related to water and climate in Africa


In the long run, what kind of knowledge base is required to strengthen the preparedness of the water sector in Africa in the context of climate change?

African countries are expected to be affected most by Climate Change, particularly from changing rainfall patterns and therefore the quantity and quality of water resources. Many of these countries require a strengthened knowledge base to effectively manage water resources and have limited access to technologies, services and products that could meet societal needs. In this context, the AfriAlliance project aims to support African stakeholders in addressing their current challenges to achieve sustainable and equitable water management and to be more prepared to deal with the additional challenges that Climate Change brings.

AfriAlliance invites stakeholders, within and outside Africa, to help shape the AfriAlliance Strategic Research & Innovation Advice for water and climate in Africa in order to strengthen the preparedness of the water sector in Africa to adapt to Climate change.

The aim of the Strategic R&I Advice is to provide insight into what research, innovation and new knowledge are required to strengthen the preparedness of the water sector in Africa for water-related challenges arising from climate change. Please share your ideas on what the long term knowledge and capacity gaps are and how they should be addressed by filling in this form.

Deadline for submitting your ideas is 25 October.



19 responses to “AfriAlliance Call for Ideas: long term knowledge gaps related to water and climate in Africa

  1. Include Water and Climate as mandatory subjects from primary school level like language and mathematics. They will be the crucial generation who gping to face severe climatic suffers in future. They will grow up with those awareness and somehow contribute from their early years. Give this curriculum as practical subject rather theory oriented. I have some ideas if you like please contact me.

  2. Thanks for the opportunity to offer input.
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  3. What is needed most is to increase populations’ awareness on all types of water mismanagements; be it potable water, water for irrigation or for industry or just water in water authorities’ facilities. How to address each case should be at increasing levels from community to local up to regional international level. In each level key of stakeholders should be closely involved for finding adequate solution that will enrich a web-based knowledge platform.

  4. Two ways of water management. One is for water high disponibility countries the other for water low disponibiliy countries. My country Mexico has the first type of management but the second disponibility condition. We have a model which I call it lineal where we normally give only one use to water before discharging it to a natural source. This type of model in a country like Mexico where the majority of our rivers are small streams is the best way to put on stress our water disponibility and quality as well. Efficient use (by law consumption) or good practices (by low volume use), are seen only as a voluntary water management but not as a main policy. Our policy instead has a split view of satisfying population’s demand instead of a disponibility increase by using different qualities for different uses in a circle economy water retention policy. As Albert Einstein said: “Is crazy to think we can ask for different results by doing always the same once and again”. We need to change the policy model by a charging fiscal policy to the non efficient practice and not the way around. This doesn’t mean we will charge to the poor or to the small enterprises. This means we will not comite the actual mistake by charging a tax to a company which has an efficient recycling, reuse or infiltration recharge by giving new water amounts for the whole country benefits. An efficient water use policy must focus in charging water wastage and
    to promote efficient use instead.

  5. Due to my experience working with enterprise associations and directly with government environment institutions I realize there were several obstacles in the legislations that were producing missfall waste water treatment plants. But I saw it was not necessary to change the legislation but using citizen participation became a key to guaranee long term treatment plants and thought working together public and private sectores could make a huge difference. Treatment and sanitation plants could become recycling, reuse or recharge water systems (SARx in spanish), by using state of the art technologies instead of conventional technologies. This is a way to lower the operation costs, low sludge producing and more efficient pollution removal as well as high treated water quality. This can make this system the center of a local economy by giving not only environmental improvements but aslo economical and social aspects will be fundamental to make them much more atractive to the municipality and benefitial society as well. This systems could maybe more expensive but with the possibility of having a pay back in time. Could be financed, build, operate and transfer with a more favorable monthly payment and good operated interess due to the low operation and maintainance costs and aslo the whole society interess with benefits that can a 24 hours 365 days per year that treated water will be available and give to the agriculture or industries and others. This can be of course an integral way of doing projects and seeing also advantages in warm climates countries due to biological treatment chances.

  6. I think it’s vital that countries come up with consistent legislature with regards to preservation of water bodies. I have noted in my country it has become normal that people are now staying in areas which have no services such as water and sewer reticulation.This will negatively impact impact on the water quality as well as it’s availability.

  7. Looking at the problem of water supply security in the face of climate change in sub-Sahara Africa, from my own stand point of view, I feel groundwater will be of increasingly importance in meeting the future water supply challenges. Therefore I feel there is the need for serious capacity development and baseline data generation in respect of characterization of the groundwater systems in many sub-Saharan African countries.

    There is the need to clearly define many of the aquifer systems and characterized them in terms of quantity and quality of groundwater supply as a precursor to sustainable management of this limitedly renewable resource that will continue to play a significant roles in meeting the challenges of water supply especially for many vulnerable rural communities especially in the coastal communities.

    In essence, research studies in respect of characterization of aquifers for the purpose of sustainable management groundwater resources in the face of climate changes challenges is needed.

    1. I couldn’t have written it in a better way.
      I also stand with Prof. Tijani on placing groundwater as the central issue and the acquisition of data on aquifer properties as a pre-condition for a sustainable management of our resources. African countries also face a gap in meteorological data, which are equally essential and necessary to evaluate the recharge potential of the concerned regions. Such a lack of information could however be rapidly reduced, if there was an important investment in building capacities and infrastructures for remote sensing data analysis and more generally in GIS data acquisition and mapping. There are so many applications that such knowledge could bring to a country, from resource management to risk management.

      1. I strongly agree with Professor Moshood and Marie-Louise Vogt. In addition to data acquisition, there is a need for capacity building for institutions, organized and non-organised groundwater professionals as they play a huge role in groundwater exploration and extraction in Africa.

  8. One of the research gaps in the developing countries such as Kenya is innovative strategies for widespread introduction of acceptable environmental levies for water consumers (urban centres, irrigation and hydropower generation) to support sustainable payment schemes for watershed services as an adaptation for climate change. This, for example, requires policy research to support governments in the adoption of PES around the world as an alternative option for watershed conservation and agroforestry financing.

  9. The use of surface water sources should be encouraged and ground water resources tapped only as a last resort. This will allow our mostly now depleted aquifers to revive. We should consider the ground waters as strategic reserves to turn to in the events of droughts. Peoplè should be educated on that and every nation should have a policy to regulate the use of underground water resources. In as much we desire to regulate. The perfomance of the water industry in every country should be measured by the amount of water saved from unnecessary waste and not the revenue generated. Consumers should be encouraged to use less water.

  10. As a result of climate change, the changing rain pattern has continued to expose a number of African countries serious challenges; in some places flood and others drought. The areas experiencing flood due to excessive rainfall or flow from neighborhood are required to invest in constructing dams and other water harvest solutions so as to use the excess water for hydroelectricity and agriculture. While the dry areas experiencing shortage of water and drought need to invest in water harvest techniques, renewable energy and efficient water usage solutions. The renewable energy would also help in greening the environment so as to attract more rain. To bridge the funding and technical gaps a number green financing and climate compliant development facilities are available to help these countries

  11. Getting the right information drives away ignorant. There is need to do community-issue base water education with local dialects in Africa. Creating awareness on water usage, water pollution, and catchment protection. These and many more will serve a good purpose

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