Webinar: Water in the State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa

Submitted by Ase Johannessen | published 13th Dec 2021 | last updated 3rd Jan 2023
Water in the STA21
State and Trends in Adaptation 2021 : Africa
Wednesday, 15 December, 2021 - 10:30 to 12:00 (Europe/Zurich)


Click here for a French version of the webinar!

This webinar aimed to bring forward the unique water perspective on adaptation for Africa. While many of the climate impacts are water related, adaptation presents many opportunities to leverage and highlight water issues to accelerate economic and human development.

The GCA State and Trends in Adaptation Report 2021: Africa (STA21) presents a comprehensive overview of the present and future prospects of the African continent in the light of climate change. It is also a blueprint for how individuals and institutions in the African and international policy space can finance, design and implement adaptation plans to best protect the lives and livelihoods of millions of African people from such disruptive change. GCA’s State and Trends of Adaptation in Africa report is co-directed by Dr. Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Prof. Jamal Saghir, and Dr. Ian Noble.

This webinar was part of the Water Adaptation Community (WAC) Webinar Series 2021 – a series of six webinars organized during autumn and winter 2021. These webinars serve to amplify key climate adaptation issues running up to and coming out of COP26. For more information on the webinars and other events organized by WAC, click here.


10.30-10.33 Prof. Anthony Nyong, GCA Regional Director Africa: Welcome, intro webinar purpose and programme.

10.34-10.39   Opening remarks by Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of GCA.

10.40 -11.30  Introduction to the STA 21 report – Report Co-directors and GCA Senior Advisors Dr. Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez and Prof. Jamal Saghir

  1. The report's general findings on climate change projections, macro/finance.
  2. Zoom in the role of water: How does water run through the report? What approaches are needed to address water management in Africa and elsewhere. What are the most important investment priorities in Africa on water? Some topics that will be covered:
    1. IWRM and DRR – Managing land upstream for reducing water related risk downstream.
    2. Water in drylands: Dryland agriculture - floods and droughts in drylands. How can we avoid conflict and migration? How do we reverse the degradation of land?
    3. Water in urban areas, capturing urban water, urban water services, NBS, urban catchments, slums.
    4. Water-energy-food nexus.
    5. Financing adaptation in Africa – innovative mechanisms for water and NBS.
    6. Progress on mainstreaming water in Africa.

11.30-11.50 Discussion and further input involving questions from audience -  Jamal and Ede to answer questions. Facilitated by Anthony Nyong. Special guest: Mrs Portia Segomelo, EU Project manager at OKACOM, and Mr Joep Verhagen, Lead, GCA Water Program, will provide additional insights.

11.50-11.55 AUDA-NEPAD PIDA Water Community of Practice: AIP Transboundary Water Governance  & international Water Law. Mr. Alex Simalabwi

11.55- 12.00 Close by Anthony Nyong

The video has a French audio option.


Please join in the follow up discussion in the WAC!