13.04.2010 -

Water – Science, Policy and Capacity Development

G-WADI Dakar Workshop, 20-21 April 2010

The G-WADI Dakar Workshop is being jointly organized by UNESCO-IHP and UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC).

It is organized with the collaboration of University Cheikh Anta Diop and the sessions will be held at the UCAD II Conference Center from 20 to 21 April 2010.


The primary objective of this first workshop is to explore the scope of regional scientific projects relating to arid and semi-arid regions of Africa and the impacts they have had or are having on development and policy. At the same time the research inputs and requirements of policymakers in dealing with water security in water scarce areas will be examined. The aim is to make scientific data and knowledge about this region more accessible and see how scientific solutions could be better taken up or promoted. It would also enable the scientific community to become better informed about local and regional policy questions and to consider responsive solutions. Another objective of this sub-regional workshop is to identify existing gaps and needs in capacity development related to research, curricula development and also institutional capacity.

The meeting will then focus on capacity development, promoting improved scientific exchange and developing networks in arid and semi-arid areas of Africa. Similarly the opportunities will be explored for optimising dialogue between water science and water policy, relating to groundwater development in particular. It is anticipated that the formation of a G-WADI network for the SSA region would be an outcome of the meeting.

Themes :

- Case studies or study on selected science based projects and to what extent their results have been taken up by the communities involved or by policy makers and managers

- Examples of policy, which illustrate how specific scientific results have been used and/or what are the scientific needs

- New approaches to improving the science-policy-science dialogue between all parties involved in integrated water management.

- Capacity development solutions and networks  

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