Workshop on how to monitor water towers in Africa
In the Nile River Basin and other mountain river systems in Eastern Africa, there is growing conflict over the use of water resources for irrigation, hydropower, drinking, and industrial purposes. The countries in the lowlands (Egypt, Sudan) claim historical rights to regional water supplies, but the actual demand for water is just as great in the Upper Nile Basin where roughly the same amount of land users live. Overall, more data are needed about water use in the region and its broader effects on the environment.
This research product consisted of a workshop designed to catalyse long-term landscape monitoring in different watersheds, in part to better understand the relationship between hydrology and sedimentation at the local and regional level. The workshop was led by Prof. Hans Hurni of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, and co-facilitated by Southern research partners.