At the Pan African University’s Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) Summer School in July, Ana Andreu of the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) delivered a webinar on the effects of climate change on arid ecosystems. This was the second year running that Andreu delivered a webinar on behalf of UNU-FLORES, following an invitation from the Summer School organisers. This year, 39 students from 18 African countries took part.
Higher temperatures reduce renewable surface water and groundwater resources, intensifying competition and potentially triggering conflicts in the water sector. To address these issues in arid regions, Andreu recommends an adapted risk management approach: instead of providing emergency responses, proactively monitor the water supply and protect ecosystems.
Because environmental resources are closely interlinked, their sustainable management requires a holistic perspective. One such perspective is the Nexus Approach, whereby integrated tools address and reduce uncertainties associated with resources management with the use of timely and precise information on ecosystem dynamics.
For more information on the webinar, see the news story on the UNU-FLORES website.