The event is postponed to early 2022, the new date will be announced on our website
Dear Sir, Madam, colleagues
The Bonn Water Network *) cordially invites you to its webinar ‘Water, Politics and Security in the Nile basin: What’s next for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations?
The event is postponed to early 2022, the new date will be announced on our website.
In April 2011, Ethiopia launched the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the largest upstream hydropower project on the Nile River. Over the last ten years, the assessment of the mega project’s social and environmental impacts on downstream Sudan and Egypt and on the two countries’ current water uses have been contentious issues in different rounds of trilateral negotiations. In spite of signing a Declaration of Principles on the GERD in March 2015, and the mediation of the United States and sponsorship of the African Union of several rounds of negotiations, no agreement on the filling and operation of the dam has been reached. The unilateral filling of the dam in the last two years has heightened tensions between the three countries leading Egypt and Sudan to call for two meetings of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the dispute given its broader implications on regional peace and stability.
The current deadlock raises many questions; why has reaching an agreement acceptable to the three parties on the filling and operation of the GERD been so difficult? How have domestic politics and water policies in the three countries, and broader regional conflicts, including the ongoing Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute affected the GERD negotiations? What were the limitations of the external mediation and involvement in the negotiations and what are the future prospects of third parties’ role in facilitating a way out of the current deadlock? How has the dispute over the GERD affected broader Nile cooperation? And what are the prospects of cooperation beyond the GERD?
This webinar will discuss these questions bringing together renowned experts in hydro-diplomacy in the Nile basin to present their insights on the decade-long dispute around the GERD and its link to historical hydro-political trajectories in the basin, and explore the common ground for resolving the dispute.
Looking forward to welcoming you soon at our event!
Annabelle Houdret and Rawia Tawfik
*) The Bonn Water Network (http://www.bonnwaternetwork.de/) consists of ten renowned institutions with longstanding experience on water and related issues: the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC); Bonn University with its Institute of Geography (GIUB) holding the UNESCO Chair in Human Water Systems, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health (IHPH); the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); the IUCN Environmental Law Center; the International Water Management Institute(IWMI) and three Bonn-based UN institutions: the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-Habitat/GWOPA).
Thursday October 7th, 2021 | 12:00 am – 01:00 pm (CET) | online
Dear Madam, Sir, colleagues,
The Bonn Water Network*) cordially invites you to its session at the Daring Cities 2021 conference on Thursday October 7, 2021, 12:00 am to 01:00 pm (CET, online).
Climate change impacts cities in manifold ways and often affects water resources: floods and other natural hazards damage urban infrastructure, drinking water quality can deteriorate, and pressure on surrounding water-based ecosystems can increase. The Bonn Water Network (BWN) invites you to its session at the Daring Cities Conference focusing on how local water action can contribute to strengthen climate resilience. The Network bundles the capacities of ten renowned, Bonn-based institutions working on water and related issues in international research, development policy and training.
After the panel discussion, the UN-Habitat Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance will show a short video on how peer-to-peer-learning between water operators can improve resilient urban water supply and sanitation systems. We will then open the floor for a debate with the public, allowing for direct exchange with the different experts. Finally, Kobie Brand (ICLEI Deputy Secretary-General and Director of the Cities Biodiversity Center) will give closing remarks.
Registration: Daring Cities 2021 takes place on Hopin, a virtual conference platform. The free registration will give you access to Hopin and a ticket to Daring Cities 2021: https://daringcities.org/2021-registration/.
Looking forward to seeing you soon at the Daring Cities 2021!
*) The Bonn Water Network consists of ten renowned institutions with longstanding experience on water and related issues: the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC); Bonn University with its Institute of Geography (GIUB) holding the UNESCO Chair in Human Water Systems, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health (IHPH); the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); the IUCN Environmental Law Center; the International Water Management Institute(IWMI) and three Bonn-based UN institutions: the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-Habitat/GWOPA).
Tuesday May 18th, 2021| 5:00 – 6:30 pm (CET) | Bonn, Germany
by Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers (Chairholder) and the Working Group Ecohydrology and Water Resource Management, Department of Geography, University of Bonn
The Bonn Water Network cordially invites you to join a virtual event on the presentation of the first UNESCO Chair in Human-Water Systems which was recently established at the Institute of Geography, University of Bonn, on Tuesday May 18th, 2021, 5:00- 6:30 pm (CET).
A key challenge for sustainable water management and thus sustainable development as a whole is the complexity of human-water-systems. Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and the targeted processing of research results are central for a better understanding and sustainable implementation of knowledge. This is where the new UNESCO Chair in Human-Water-Systems wants to contribute.
The UNESCO Chair is headed by Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers. Her team emphasizes research on human-water-systems, hydrological risks and uncertainty, eco-hydrology and inter- and transdisciplinary methods with a geographical focus in Europe, South East Asia, West- and East Africa.
With the establishment of this Chair in Bonn, 14 UNESCO Chairs in Germany now contribute to the implementation of the Global Sustainability Agenda. In the global network of UNESCO Chairs, over 750 Chairs in more than 110 countries cooperate to anchor UNESCO’s goals in science and education. They distinguish themselves through outstanding research and teaching in UNESCO’s fields of work. The principles of their work include international networking, especially in the North-South collaboration and the promotion of intercultural dialogue. UNESCO Chairs contribute worldwide to creating, disseminating and applying knowledge to promote sustainable development.
During the event, participants will learn about the UNESCO family in general and the profile and planned activities of UNESCO Chair in Human-Water-Systems.
Program in brief
Welcome address and introduction by spokesperson from the Bonn Water Network
Dr. Luna Bharati (International Water Management Institute), co-spokesperson Bonn Water Network
Welcome by German Commission for UNESCO
Dr. Lutz Möller (Deputy Secretary-General, German Commission for UNESCO)
Introduction to the UNESCO Chair in Human-Water Systems
Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers, chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Human-Water Systems at the Institute of Geography, University of Bonn
Presentation of the chair team, their research areas and projects
Members of Prof. Evers’ chair team, Institute of Geography, research group in Ecohydrology & Water resources management
Statement and Input from the International Centre for Water Research and Global Change under the auspices of UNESCO
Dr. Marianela Fader, Deputy Director
of the International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (UNESCO), Koblenz
Moderation by Dr. Luna Bharati (International Water Management Institute), co-spokesperson Bonn Water Network
Closing remarks and thanks
Dr. Luna Bharati (International Water Management Institute), co-spokesperson Bonn Water Network
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Tuesday May 4th, 2021| 4:00- 5:30 pm (CET) | Bonn, Germany
by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hani Sewilam, Department of Engineering Hydrology, RWTH Aachen University
The Bonn Water Network cordially invites you to join a webinar on the water situation in the riparian countries as well as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and its potential ecological and socio-economic impacts on Tuesday, May 04, 2021, 4:00- 5:30 pm (CET).
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has a concrete volume of 10.5 million m3, making it the largest dam—per volume—in Africa. The dam supposed to be a hydropower dam necessary for the Ethiopian economy. The filling and operation of this gigantic dam, which has a 74-billion-cubic-meter reservoir that can theoretically store as much water as the total annual share of Egypt and Sudan combined, requires a close collaboration between the three riparian countries to avoid significant harm on the downstream ones. The GERD will store water in an area of 1,800 square kilometers—larger than the size of London—resulting in enormous evaporation and seepage losses in addition to possible upstream usage. These billions of cubic meters will be cut from Egypt and Sudan’s current water share. The potential reduction in the Nile water flowing to Egypt comes at a time when the country is significantly dropping below the water poverty line and approaching the absolute scarcity limit (560 m3/capita/year).
In March 2015, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have signed a Declaration of Principles to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the GERD. For more than a decade since Ethiopian’s unilateral launching of the construction in 2021, the three countries have been engaged in negotiations to conclude a treaty to govern both the filling and the operation without success. The conflictive technical, political, and legal issues as well as the public pressure in the three countries have mad the process of reaching an agreement extremely complex. During the entire process, the construction of the Dam was never stopped and it is now about 90% completed. In summer 2020, Ethiopia has unilaterally decided to execute the first stage of the filling (4.9 BCM) which significantly impacted the drinking water in Sudan as well as other socio-economic aspects. In the previous days, Ethiopia has unilaterally decided and announced to execute the second filling phase this summer 2021. Unfortunately, all the trials to resume negotiations have failed and the conflict is escalating.
In this webinar, more background information on the water situation in the three countries as well as the Dam and its potential ecological and socio-economic impacts will be provided. Thoughts about these negotiations including technical and legal aspects will be shared. Scenarios for technical solutions will be also presented as a way out of the current critical situation. An opportunity for Q&A will be available by the end of the presentation.
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Friday April 16th, 2021| Bonn, Germany
The need for strong water and sanitation operators is more critical now than ever before. As we deal with growing inequalities, depletion of resources, a fast-changing climate, and an enduring pandemic, we increasingly need to find solutions by working together.
From 18-29 October 2021, UN-Habitat’s Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance will convene the 4th Global WOPs Congress to discuss common challenges in the provision of water and sanitation, and to share solutions. The goal of the Global WOPs Congress is to accelerate the scaling-up of effective peer-to-peer partnership between water operators worldwide.
The call for expressions of interest to the 4th Global WOPs Congress has now been launched. More information can be found on www.gwopa.org/wops-congress.
During the subsequent round table discussion and Q&A, authors of the handbook and members of the Bonn Water Network gave input on and discussed different aspects of the World Water Day’s 2021 theme ‘Valuing Water’. Zita Sebesvari (UNU- EHS) explained how different drivers, pressures and stressors challenge the value of water, Bernhard Tischbein (ZEF) explored how to value water for the environment in a context of high demand and negative environmental impacts of water use for irrigation, Ines Dombrowsky (DIE) elaborated on the role and effectiveness of river basin organizations in mediating different water needs and values, whereas Mahsa Motlagh (Bonn Alliance) talked about how emerging digital technologies can contribute to better valuing water in sustainable governance approaches.
This event was also part of the “25 years of UN in Bonn” campaign, celebrating Bonn as Germany’s United Nations City for 25 years.
The Bonn Water Network aims at bundling and representing the Bonn-based capacities for water research, training and policy advice with a focus on international activities but also well established in the German and European contexts. The Network’s members are: the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC); Bonn University with its Institute of Geography (GIUB) holding the UNESCO Chair in Human Water Systems, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health (IHPH); the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); the IUCN Environmental Law Center; the International Water Management Institute(IWMI) and three Bonn-based UN institutions: the United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-Habitat/GWOPA).
Tuesday November 17th, 2020| 5:30- 7:00 pm (CET) | Bonn, Germany
New Bonn Water Network strengthens competences for sustainable water solutions worldwide.
2.1 billion people have no access to clean drinking water and more than 4.5 billion have no safe sanitation. In many countries, increasing water scarcity threatens food security and energy production or leads to conflict. For the past 15 years, seven Bonn-based organisations have been sharing their insights into solutions towards a more water secure world through their „water lecture“ series. Today, these institutions are going a step further and are launching the ‘Bonn Water Network’ in order to coordinate and intensify their endeavours for sustainable water futures. Continue reading “Launch of the Bonn Water Network”