The UPGro programme, supported by AfriWatSan & ESPRC, conducted a pan-African capacity-strengthening and knowledge co-production workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania from the 10th to 12th of February, 2017.
40 participants from 12 countries in Africa took part and analysed multi-decadal, groundwater-level data (“chronicles”) from 9 countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Sénégal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Continue reading Piecing together Africa’s groundwater history
re-posted from UPGro BRAVE
The Fifth International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS 5) is the premier global event for Climate Services Partnership in Africa. This year’s conference will take place in Cape Town, from February 28 until March 2, 2017, and focuses on capacity building and forging connections, with a particular focus on activities and persistent challenges in Africa.
Continue reading A BRAVE new approach to community climate resilience
The UPGro Consortium project, BRAVE has launched a brand new website to show case the fantastic work that the team – led by Reading University, in the UK is doing. BRAVE, or to use its more descriptive-but-not-so-catchy name: “Building understanding of climate variability and environmental change into planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa” is focusing research on aquifers in Ghana and Burkina Faso.
The big idea behind BRAVE is that we can build better ways to model and communicate the complex environmental changes in the Sahel region of West Africa and use that to improve the long term planning of groundwater supplies and provide early warnings of groundwater shortages so that the most vulnerable families and communities are more resilient to drought.
The team held their 2017 Annual General Meeting between 24 – 26 January and you can find full details on the new website, so be BRAVE and dive in!
We are delighted to invite you to The Walker Institutes ‘Big Event’ at the University of Reading on Wednesday 14 December 2016.
An occasion not to be missed, the event will showcase creative and entertaining approaches to communicating about climate change challenges. This is an opportunity to network with Walker Institute researchers and our partners to discover game-changing research projects that bridge the latest scientific work on climate and health, and translate it for delivery at the grassroots.
We are providing a platform for discussion and debate and we value your expertise and opinion.
- Dr Rosalind Cornforth (Director, the Walker Institute) – UPGro BRAVE project
- Sir Nigel Crisp (co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health)
- Fatima Denton (Coordinator for the African Climate Policy Centre and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
We do hope you can join us!
When: Wednesday 14 December, 3.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Where: University of Reading, Whiteknights campus, Reading RG6 6UR
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please reply by 5th December to be sure of your place at this event!
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney) on www.ghana.gov.gh
There is the need to develop resilient agricultural water supplies as an essential first step to ensuring safe and reliable access to water by the rural poor, Ben Ampomah, Executive Secretary of the Water Resources Commission (WRC) of Ghana, has noted.
Mr Ampomah, therefore, identified groundwater has having a major role in meeting demand for increasing population in Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa.
Continue reading BRAVE project holds workshop on groundwater for the poor