High-level workshop on water science cooperation in Durban [fr]


Scientists, students and policy-makers will gather in Durban on 11 and 12 June for an event around water science cooperation and Climate Change issue.

We are pleased to invite you to join two scientific events:

  • 11 June 2015: documentary screening and a debate on Climate Change issues, carried out at the Alliance Française de Durban;

Attendance to these events is free of charge, and seats are still available - please sign up quickly!

Date: Friday, 12 June 2015
Time: 08:30 – 15:30
Venue: Durban – University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
RSVP: zagrys@wrc.org.za
Draft Programme: Attached

Workshop "From Durban COP17 to Paris COP21 : water science cooperation for human capital development"

Jointly organized by the Water Research Commission (WRC), the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Institute of Research for Development, the French Embassy in Pretoria, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Alliance Française in Durban, this workshop is a side event to the UNESCO conference “ Our Common Future under Climate Change”. A specific page featuring the workshop has been created on the conference’s website.

On 12 June 2015, the public is invited to join experts, students and policy-makers at UKZN in Durban, to participate in the conference aiming at:

  • Sharing experiences in ‘best management practices’ for water-related WRC research projects;
  • Enhancing scientific cooperation for Human Capital Development in the context of Climate Change;
  • Exploring opportunities to strengthen the international cooperation in science research and development, particularly through H2020 and EUREKA;
  • Discussing cooperation with South Africa in water research within the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) framework.

Opening addresses will be delivered by Ambassador of France in South Africa and Lesotho Elisabeth Barbier, as well as UKZN, DST & WRC high representatives. Participants to the conference will also enjoy the presence of Dr Thierry Lebel, IRD research Director awarded silver medal by the CNRS and specialist in hydrometeorological and climate change; and Prof Graham Jewitt, Director on the Centre for Water Resources Research and Umgeni Water Chair of Water Resources Management.

A site visit will take place on 11 June 2015 for invited guests, to visit the Potshini experimental catchment near Bergville (KwaZulu-Natal Province), where UKZN and IRD are engaged in WRC-funded projects on soil water studies.

Screening and debate on Climate Change at the Alliance Française de Durban

On 11 June 2015, an evening event is organised in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Durban around the exhibition «Tana Delta: a wetland in the balance» and a 25 minute documentary by the filmmaker Khamis Ramadhan featuring water management issues in the Tana Delta. This evening event will provide an interesting platform to further interact on Climate Change issues with other stakeholders from the South African civil societies.

The exhibition was prepared by scientists from the UMR 208 “ Local heritage“ of the IRD and the ‘new partner team’ KENWEB Kenyan Wetlands Biodiversity Research Team.

publie le 02/07/2015

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