Open for abstracts: 22nd WaterNet/WARFSA/GWPSA Symposium 20-22 October 2021

Abstracts can now be submitted to the 22nd WaterNet/WARFSA/GWPSA Symposium to be held 20 -22 October 2021, under the theme "Integrated Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development in East and Southern Africa".

Authors wishing to present the results of their work should submit their abstracts by 20 July 2021 targeting the topics detailed below:

  • Innovative approaches, practices and technologies for affordable water supply, and sanitation services;
  • Water governance for sustainable, equitable and affordable water services;
  • Water, Ecosystems and the Environment; and
  • Impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on the water sector

 The hybrid event, which will be held virtually and at the Elephant Hills Resort Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, will be hosted by the National University of Science and Technology with support from the Government of Zimbabwe. It will be co-convened by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), the Southern Africa Centres for Water Excellence (SANWATCE).

 The WaterNet/WARFSA/GWPSA Symposium is held annually in the Eastern and Southern African regions to promote interaction among policymakers, academics, practitioners from water and related sectors, and cooperating partners. Together, they identify regional issues, gaps and priorities that require further research and support. Great emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge, particularly involving scholars from the natural and social sciences.

 The sub-themes of the event are aligned to the themes of the SADC Water Research Agenda under the Regional Strategic Action Plan on Integrated Water Resources Development and Management Phase IV, whose main objective is: "Promoting evidence-based implementation of SADC water programmes and projects through multi- and inter-disciplinary research, and synthesis of existing and new information, which will lead to a realisation of SADC developmental goals".

 As in previous years, GWPSA will be partnering in the event by providing logistical and technical support and will convene a special session at the symposium.

 For more information on the submission of abstracts kindly refer to the Call for Abstracts.