Sustainable Development in Africa: Shaping the Future of the Continent
The Young Earth System Scientists, YESS-community ( YESS Africa Team) and the Pan-African University, Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) , with the contribution of Future Earth’s Food-Water-Energy Nexus Knowledge-Action-Network (Nexus KAN) and the United Nations University (UNU-EHS) are pleased to announce the first edition of the webinar series on the "Sustainable Development in Africa: The role of science and social engagement in shaping the future of the continent".
Africa is the second largest continent in the world and covers approximately 20 percent of the earth land, counting about 16.64 percent of the total world population. The continent, which is very rich in history, resources, languages and biological and geographical diversities, is, also, widely recognized to be one of the most vulnerable regions to extreme weather and climate change impacts (e.g. IPCC, 2007, 2014). The number of reported disasters, particularly those related to climate change and extreme weather events, has significantly increased in recent decades throughout the continent (World Bank, 2014).
In this context, this webinar series aims to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the continent and stress the role of social engagement and science in shaping the future of Africa. This initiative brings together scientists, stakeholders and fresh vision of early career scientist (ECRs). A particular focus will be given to food, water, energy availability as well as to the adaptation strategy to extreme climate and weather events. To this end, this series of webinars will focus on the following topics:
- Sustainable development and climate change in Africa.
- Securing nexus resources while facing extreme events and the impacts of climate change.
- Roles of early career scientists for Africa’s sustainable development.