23.11.2011 -

First HELP Sub-Saharan Africa Basins Workshop. 23-25 November 2011. Johannesburg, South Africa.

The UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Africa in cooperation with the Secretariat of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme organized the 1st HELP Sub-Saharan Africa Basins workshop. The workshop was organized in the framework of 7th phase of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP-VII, 2008-2013) of UNESCO. The workshop was organized as a parallel session during the COVISET 2011 (Conference of Vice Chancellors and Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology). The regional focus of this workshop on Africa is aligned with the UNESCO overarching priority on Africa. The theme of the workshop is which strategies for sustainable management of river basins in Sub-Saharan Africa within the context of global changes.  

The purposed of the workshop is established to improve the links between hydrology and the needs of society, HELP is intended to create a new approach to integrated basins management. It is a problem- and demand-driven initiative that addresses key policy water issues. Following, the first call of HELP in 2003, twelve basins have been considered as HELP basins in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The main objective of the workshop is to contribute to revive activities within HELP basins in sub-Sahara Africa. The specific objectives are:
-    to take stock on the activities implemented so far since the recognition of the different basins as HELP basins;
-    present research results  which have been obtained so far within the different basins
-    exchange lessons and experiences
-    discuss strategy for a more visible HELP activities in Africa
-    establish a regional coordination unit for HELP basins in Africa

UNESCO Regional office in Nairobi sponsored 12 participants to attend the workshop.  The participants were drawn from Benin, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Sudan, Germany and Burkina Faso.

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