ICARDA at Cairo Water Week 2023

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Cairo Water Week (CWW) 2023, scheduled from October 29 to November 2, 2023, in Cairo, Egypt, will focus on “Action on Water Adaptation for Sustainability.”

The event aims to foster discussions and highlight the importance of adaptation actions in the water sector to ensure sustainability. Esteemed international and regional organizations will organize plenary and technical sessions covering various related sub-themes and sub-topics.

Beyond seeking solutions, practical tools, policies, and actionable measures to safeguard the livelihood and security of future generations, the primary objective of CWW 2023 is to advance scientific knowledge. This emphasis on knowledge will enable us to better understand the present and future challenges concerning water.

During the event, ICARDA will host two open sessions on Day 4: Improving Early Warning Systems for Severe Weather Events and Prolonged Droughts, Wednesday, November 1: 

9:30 – 11:00 – “Water-Energy-Food-Environment Nexus for Enhanced Climate Resilience in MENA Region” – co-convened by the Arab Water Council (AWC) – Heliopolis Ballroom
11:30 – 13:00 – “Digital Applications for Improved Water Resources Management” – co-convened by the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSSS)  – Heliopolis Ballroom

Moreover, ICARDA will co-host a session organized by FAO and co-hosted by the Egyptian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the National Water Research Center, and Tottori University:

Tuesday, October 31 – 14:00 – 15:30 – Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture: FAO’s Irrigation Projects in Egypt – A Focus on Achievements and Future Pathways” – Alf Lila We Lila C Ballroom

Additionally, building on the success of previous editions, ICARDA will co-organize the 6th African Young Water Professionals (Af-YWP) Forum with ICID, AFRWG, UN ESCWA, GWP-MED, IWMI, ACSAD, and UNCCD in collaboration with CWW. Scheduled from October 30 to November 1, 2023, the virtual forum will feature three days of training workshops. The forum theme is “Actions on the Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability of Irrigated Agriculture,” focusing on addressing the training needs of young professionals in Africa.

ICARDA scientists will host a virtual workshop:

Tuesday, October 31 – 12:00 – 13:30 – “Sustainable Management of Land and Water Resources in Dry Areas for Climate-threatened Food Security”

ICARDA Delegation and Speakers:

  • Mr. Aly Abousabaa – ICARDA Director General and CGIAR Regional Director-CWANA
  • Dr. Vinay Nangia – Research Team Leader, Soil, Water and Agronomy
  • Dr. Ajit Govind – Senior Climate Scientist and Systems Modeler
  • Dr. Mohie Omar – Research Associate, Irrigation and Water
  • Dr. Samar Attaher –  Research Associate, Agronomist
  • Dr. Rania Gamal –  Senior Research Assistant, Land and Water Management
  • Dr. Anas Mansouri – Research Assistant, Soil and Water Management

Members of the ICARDA delegation will also participate in several other sessions during the week as part of our contribution to the discussions:

Sunday, October 29 – 16:00 – 17:30 – Dr. Mohie Eldin Omar speaking at Maintaining productivity of salinity-affected landscapes: Roadmap for Egypt under CGIAR Regional Integrated Initiative “From Fragility to Resilience in Central Asia and West Asia and North Africa (F2R-CWANA)” – Conveners: IWMI and AOAD, Heliopolis Ballroom
Monday, October 30 – 14:00 – 15:30 – Mr. Aly Abousabaa speaking at AWARE 1st Steering Committee Meeting (Action on Water Adaptation & Resilience Initiative) Convener: Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (closed/by Invitation only)
Tuesday, October 31 –  09:30 – 11:00 – Mr. Aly Abousabaa speaking at the Plenary Session: Green Water for Restoring Freshwater Ecosystems and Adapting to Changing Climates  – Convener: Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Al Qahira Ballroom
Wednesday, November  1 – 09:30 – 11:00 – Dr. Vinay Nangia speaking at the Plenary Session: Improving Early Warning Systems for Severe Weather Events and Prolonged Droughts  – Convener: Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Al Qahira Ballroom

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