Screenings and debates on Climate Change
The Alliance Française network in South Africa, the French Embassy in Pretoria and the IRD (Institute of Research for Development) are pleased to invite you to screenings and debates on key challenges of climate change at the Alliances Françaises of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Maseru.
4 June 2015, 19:00pm : Alliance Française in Pretoria
Screening of the documentary “Juan de Nova: The Coral Island”, followed by a discussion with Jean Albergel, Director of the CNRS/IRD joint office in Southern Africa, and Pascale Chabanet, Research Director at IRD Réunion and scientific counsellor during the expedition on the remote island Juan de Nova.
A cocktail will be offered in the evening.
5 June 2015, 18:00pm : Alliance Française in Johannesburg
Screening of “Juan de Nova: The Coral Island” followed by a discussion with Jean Albergel and Pascale Chabanet.
10 June 2015, 18:00pm : Alliance Française in Port Elizabeth
Screening of “Juan de Nova: The Coral Island” followed by a discussion with Nicolas Tonnelier, Senior Lecturer at the Geosciences Department of NMMU, on "The global and local effects of climate change and how is South Africa going to solve its energy crisis".
11 June 2015, 19:30pm : Alliance Française in Durban
« Tana Delta : a wetland in the balance » documentary screening, in presence of the filmmaker Khamis Ramadhan and the researcher Dr Stéphanie Duvail - followed by a debate and photo-exhibition about the Tana Delta in Kenya.
A diner cocktail will be offered in the evening.
16 July 2015, 18:00pm : Alliance Française in Maseru
« Tana Delta : a wetland in the balance » documentary screening, debate about the Tana Delta in Kenya and the impacts of hydraulic infrastructures in Lesotho (photo-exhibition - tbc).
17 June 2015 Alliance Française in Cape Town
Screening of “Juan de Nova : The Coral Island” followed by a discussion with Dr Francis Marsac, Research Director at IRD and co-director of the ICEMASA programme
Documentary "Juan de Nova, the coral island" by Rémy Tézier
Juan de Nova… an island lost in the immensity of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Madagascar. The island exists thanks to a coral reef that has slowly developed to form submerged land consisting of coral and sand.
The scientific mission carried out by women under the orders of Pascale Chabanet, a reef fish specialist at IRD, was aimed at gaining better understanding of the Juan de Nova reef in order to protect its and other reefs. The mission was within the framework of the French initiative for surveillance of coral reefs. But what was seen during the first dives was worrying as the coral was unhealthy. Why, and can the reef be saved? This is what Pascale and her team try to find out as an unhealthy reef can be regenerated by healthy coral.
Documentary and exhibition «Tana Delta: a wetland in the balance»
The exhibition «Tana Delta: a wetland in the balance » was prepared by scientists from IRD and the KENWEB Kenyan Wetlands Biodiversity Research Team. It consists in photographs taken by the researchers in the field, and some portraits by the professional photographer David Beatty. The exhibition also includes captions, posters and maps in French and English, several objects representing fishing, livestock keeping and agricultural activities of the Tana Delta, and a 25 minute documentary by the filmmaker Khamis Ramadhan, featuring water management issues in the Tana Delta and solutions that KENWEB, a multidisciplinary French and Kenyan research team proposes regarding these issues.