The BRAVE project participated in the MOLE Conference, held at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana, October 2-6. It was the 28th conference of the MOLE series of conferences. The theme of the conference was “Ghana’s Lower Middle-Income Status: Implications for Sustainable WASH Services Delivery”. An annual event organised by the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS), it brings together participants from Ghana, West Africa and abroad to deliberate on issues affecting the water sector in Ghana. Participants come from different backgrounds including NGOs, CSOs, ministries, government agencies and academia.
BRAVE was featured in a presentation by Dr Peter Cook at the Fifth Annual iLEAPS (Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study Conference. iLEAPS is a global research project of Future Earth. This year’s theme, “Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges,” organised by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology of the National Environment Research Council.
-Dr Peter Cook*
During the week of 28th August and 1st September 2017 I attended “Good Hope for Earth Sciences”, the Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly, in Cape Town IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA- International Associations for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, and of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy). There was a large contingent from the University of Reading and also many researchers from Oxford University, the University of East Anglia and the British Antarctic Survey.
David Macdonald, British Geological Survey
A key component of water resource management is the sound scientific understanding of water flows and storage. Where water supplies are sourced through wells and boreholes in the underlying rocks, we need to understand the volumes of water stored there and how natural climate variability and land cover control how these stores are replenished. For longer term planning purposes, we also need to assess how climate and land use change will impact on the resource.
It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Mr. Isidore Bénéwendé Nonga ZONGO who was killed in a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, August 13, 2017.
Mr. Zongo was the Burkina Faso Country Director for the German NGO, Welhungerhilfe. A greatly respected colleague and friend, he is fondly remembered for his dedication to the continued development of Burkina Faso and building a better future for all.
Our sincerest condolences to the Zongo Family and Burkina Faso community.
Radio is arguably one of the most important, cost-effective sources of information for the majority of rural farmers in Africa. Along with farmer field listening groups and multi-stakeholder groups agri-educational radio programming addresses the training needs of smallholders by establishing a dialogue directly with rural farming populations, delivering live, relevant and real-time updates on issues affecting their crops and livelihoods.
In June 2017, the Lorna Young Foundation conducted radio extension training with CARE and Christian Aid Sahel to launch BRAVE’s radio extension program. The aim of this radio extension program is to improve the resilience of farming communities to weather shocks, lack of access to good quality water and to support conservation of resources.
Dr Galine Yanon presented a paper at the 9th Internationale Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: communicating and collaborating for resilient solutions to climate change, at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK April 21-22, 2017. The conference had more than 7o participants from 26 countries.
Dr Yanon presented the paper, Local governance of groundwater for Agriculture Livelihoods: Managing Climate change Impacts in West Africa. This paper explores how local capacity and user perceptions of vulnerability to water insecurity in the Sahel are shaped. Research findings are supporting the BRAVE project and its partner communities in future groundwater planning for agriculture and livelihood resilience to climate change impacts.
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.
The conference is a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration aimed at promoting resilience and advancing climate service capabilities worldwide. It aims to bring together policy makers, international actors, scientists, service providers, and product developers.
BRAVE Researcher, Dr Narcisse Gahi, has been selected to present a paper entitled Improving climate services through a new “no regret” cross-sectorial approach for the benefit of the communities and policy makers.