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SE2.2: 4th African Young Water Professional Forum

9:30- 16:00

Session Content:

Owing to the success of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd African Young Water Professionals Forum (Af-YWPF), the network of Young Water Professionals in the African Working Group (AFRWG) of the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) has grown to attract more than 5020 members from all African countries, thus becoming an important platform in the African continent for capacity building of Africa’s future leaders in the water and agriculture sectors.

Driven by the success of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cairo Water Week, the Forum has become an annual event convened in tandem with this prestigious conference. The Forum will be convened during Cairo Water Week in the period 25-27 October 2021.

Valuing the importance of partnerships fostered by the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) African Working Group (AFRWG) through the Af-YWPF with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Arab Center for the Study of Arid and Drylands (ACSAD) of the League of Arab States, Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-MED), and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), ICID and its partners are working collaboratively to organize the 4th Af-YWPF virtually (on-line) during the CWW 2021. The three-day forum will consist of 6 training sessions (9 hours), along with opening and closing sessions. The participating Young Water Professionals will also be able to take advantage of the on-line offerings provided during Cairo Water Week to engage with other experts and stakeholders in the water sector.

Sub-Session 2.2.2:     Climate change Assessment to Inform Adaptation

Convener (s):             ESCWA-ACSAD-Sida

Co-Convener (s):       ICID

Chairperson:             Carol Chouchani Cherfane

Moderator:                Carol Chouchani Cherfane

Rapporteur:              

Speakers:

Speaker Name Presentation Title
Mr. Jamal Saghir (tbc) Framing Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and the Mashreq
Dr. Marlene Tomaszkiewicz Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR): Key findings

 

Session contents

The session will review the climate change adaptation challenges and opportunities in Africa and the Arab regions, drawing upon the forthcoming 2021 State and Trends in Adaptation Report being prepared by the Global Center for Adaptation. Focus will be placed on global efforts and partnership being undertaken to promote adaptation ambition, action and access to climate finance.

This overview will frame the discussion on the key findings generated by the United Nations-League of Arab States Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR).  RICCAR is implemented under the auspices of the Arab Ministerial Water Council and has been coordinated by ESCWA since 2009 with a dozen regional and global partners. Funding for RICCAR is provided by the Swedish Government and partner contributions.  RICCAR has generated regional climate modelling outputs for the Arab Domain and Mashreq Domain, which has been used to inform hydrological modeling, integrated vulnerability assessments and case studies at the regional, national and sub-national levels, which are available on an open access Regional Knowledge Hub (www.riccar.org)

Session 2.2.3: Using AquaCrop to Assess Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Productivity

Convener (s):             ESCWA, ACSAD, Sida

Co-Convener (s):       ICID

Chairperson:             Carol Chouchani Cherfane, ESCWA

Moderator:                Mr. Ziad Khayat, ESCWA

Rapporteur:              

Speakers:

Speaker Name Presentation Title
Dr. Marlene Tomaszkiewicz Selected tools for extracting climate data for assessing climate change impacts on agriculture
Dr. Ihab Jnad Using AquaCrop to inform irrigation management

 

Session contents

The session will review selected tools for extracting climate data for assessing climate change impacts on agriculture drawn from experience in implementing the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR) and the affiliated project on “Promoting Food and Water Security through Cooperation and Capacity Development in the Arab Region,” which are coordinated by ESCWA and implemented in collaboration with ACSAD with funding provided by the Swedish Government.

Tools reviewed will include Panoply, R, CDO as well as ArcGIS tools and extensions that can facilitate access and use of climate modeling data for agriculture and water-related analyses.

The session will then introduce how AquaCrop can be used to inform irrigation management.

Session 2.2.4:             Adaptation Measures: Full and Deficit Irrigation

Convener (s):             ESCWA-ACSAD-Sida

Co-Convener (s):       ICID

Chairperson:             Ms. Reem Nejdawi, ESCWA

Moderator:                Ms. Reem Nejdawi, ESCWA

Rapporteur:              

Speakers:

Speaker Name Presentation Title
Dr. Ihab Jnad Adaptation Measures: Using Aquacrop for Full and Deficit Irrigation

 

Session contents:

The session will review how AquaCrop can be used to inform adaptation measures, particularly for full and deficit irrigation.

The session will build upon the prior sessions that have presented tools and methodologies developed under RICCAR and the project on “Promoting Food and Water Security through Cooperation and Capacity Development in the Arab Region.”   The session is also based on work funded by the United Nations Development Account project implemented by ESCWA on “Enhancing resilience and sustainability of agriculture in the Arab region.”  This project builds upon prior work conducted within the scope of the aforementioned project on food and water security.

Session 2.2.5:             Adaptation Measures: Deficit and Supplementary Irrigation

Convener (s):             ESCWA-ACSAD

Co-Convener (s):       ICID

Chairperson:             Ms. Reem Nejdawi, ESCWA

Moderator:                Ms. Lara Geadah, ESCWA

Rapporteur:              

Speakers:

Speaker Name Presentation Title
Dr. Ihab Jnad Adaptation Measures: Using Aquacrop for Deficit and Supplementary Irrigation

 

Session contents:

The session will review how AquaCrop can be used to inform adaptation measures, particularly for deficit and supplementary irrigation.  The presentations are based on work funded by the United Nations Development Account project implemented by ESCWA on “Enhancing resilience and sustainability of agriculture in the Arab region.”  The project builds upon prior work conducted under RICCAR and the Swedish-funded project implemented by ESCWA in collaboration with ACSAD on “Promoting Food and Water Security through Cooperation and Capacity Development in the Arab Region.”

Session 2.2.6:  Challenges facing irrigation and drainage in Africa and the way forward

Convener (s):             ICID

Co-Convener (s):       ICID & AFRWG-ICID

Chairperson: Dr.Ragab Ragab, President ICID

Moderator: Dr. Mohamed Wahba, VPH-ICID

Rapporteur:              

Speakers:

Speaker Name Presentation Title

Dr. Ragab Ragab

Dr. Mohamed Wahba

Challenges facing irrigation and drainage in Africa and the way forward

 

 

Session contents:

The session will review challenges facing irrigation and drainage in Africa towards achieving the sustainable irrigation agricultural and food security.  A dialog will be carried out between experts about existing challenges, potential solutions, lessons learned and the way forward for future needs for utilizing all available resources and maximizing the benefits of Irrigation and drainage systems

Through the targeted interventions and the discussion, the session also aims to identify future actions for enhancing the role of irrigation and drainage in Africa

An opportunity for discussion will be provided for young professionals and experts.

 

Session 2.2.7: Mobilizing youth for a gender transformative approach to water, climate and development in Africa

Convener (s): Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) & Global Water Partnership Africa Coordination Unit

Co-Convener (s):

Chair/Moderators: Dr. Anthi Brouma and Mr. Kidanemariam Tiruneh

Rapporteur: Ms. Andiswa Nyongwana

Speakers:

Speaker Name Presentation Title
Dr. Anthi Brouma AIP WACDEP-G: highlights and initial results on water, climate and development in Africa
 Mr. Kidanemariam Tiruneh AIP WACDEP-G: highlights and initial results on water, climate and development in Africa
Ms. Dhikra Elhidri AIP WACDEP highlights and experiences from Northern Africa
Dr. Mkhuzo Chongo AIP WACDEP highlights and experiences from Southern Africa
Mr. Gerald Kairu AIP WACDEP highlights and experiences from East Africa
Mr. Yaovi Kogbe AIP WACDEP highlights and experiences from West Africa
Ms. Murielle Elouga AIP WACDEP highlights and experiences from Central Africa

Ms. Shamil Tumisang Agosi

 

African Union Youth Strategy
Mr. Emmanuel Uguru Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa: an overview of the youth situation
Mr.PasekaLesolang Experiences and voices from South Africa Youth in Water Network

Session content:

The session will discuss ongoing activities and further ways to enhance the mobilisation of youth for a gender transformative approach to water, climate and development in Africa.

Highlights and experiences will be shared from the African Water Investment Programme (AIP) – Water, Climate, Development, and Gender Investments (WACDEP-G), through its implementation at regional and country level across the continent.

Furthermore, the session will discuss policies and operational regional frameworks supporting youth in Africa, while also share practical and hands-on work carried out at the Pan-African level.

Through the targeted interventions and the discussion, the session also aims to identify operational synergies and collaboration opportunities with the African Young Water Professionals Forum, so as to enlarge the impact of activities and strengthen the call for action.

Session 2.2.8: IsDB’s Water and Agricultural Projects in Africa: A New Model of Engagement

Convener (s): Islamic Development Bank

Co-Convener (s):

Chair/Moderators: Dr. Nizar Zaied

Rapporteur: Dr. Nizar Zaied

Speakers:

Speaker Name Presentation Title

Dr. Nizar Zaied

 

IsDB’s Water and Agricultural Projects in Africa: a new model of engagement

 

Session contents:

The session will discuss ongoing IsDB’s Water and Agricultural Projects in Africa: a new model of engagement

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