A two-part workshop on Water and Climate Change in Africa was held on March 22 (Part 1) and 23 (Part 2), 2013, at Duke University. Each day brought together experts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to focus on a sub-theme of this broader topic: 1) Water, sanitation and health in Africa; and, 2) Water, food security and climate change.
View the Storify of the Twitter discussion for photos and talking points:
More specifically, the workshops addressed how climate change could affect water availability and quality in Africa and hence food security; how climate change will affect the long-term health impacts of rural communities as water availability and quality shift; what coping mechanisms communities have to deal with the health effects of inadequate water quality and climate change impacts; and how socio-political variables such as governance institutions and rules mediate food insecurity and health impacts. These workshops are also expected to generate knowledge about how water, health, and climate may be linked to development and poverty in Africa.
March 22: Water, Sanitation, and Health in Africa
- Johnson:_Putting Geogenics On the Map
- Kravchenko:_Water Quality and Human Health
- Vengosh:_ Geogenenic Contaminants
- Sabatini:_Fluoride and Arsenic Removal Technologies
- Paul:_Water Quality and Climate Change in the Rift Valley, Ethiopia
- Sabatini:_Water Quality in the Rift Valley, Ethiopia
- Whittington:_The Economics of Poor Water and Sanitation in Africa
- Hanemann:_Estimating Global Health Damages for Climate Change Model
March 23: Water, Food Security, and Climate Change in Africa
- Carr:_Water, Food Security, and Climate Change
- Emch:_Climate Variability and Vulnerability to Water-Related Disease
- Gulilat:_Temperature and Rainfall Changes Over East Africa
- Albertson:_Modeling the Effects of Climate Change on Hydrological Systems
- Arumugam:_Climate water energy issues
- Smith:_Effect of Climate Change on Hydrology of Lake Victoria
- Hendrix:_Devlin_Trends and Triggers Redux
- Bellemare:_Rising Food Prices, Food Price Volatility, and Social Unrest
- Bryan:_Water Climate Change Interactions and Role of Irrigation
Friday evening (March 22), a public screening of “Last Call at the Oasis” was held.
The event was sponsored by the Duke Provost’s Office, USAID, the Duke Africa Initiative, Nicholas School of the Environment, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke Global Health Institute, and Borderwork(s) Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute.