EPIC Africa Stakeholder Meeting at Kenya 2024

In a dynamic continent like Africa, where challenges meet innovation head-on, the recent 5-day Stakeholder meeting served as a beacon of hope and progress. From discussions on the theme “Energy Planning and Modelling through Integrated Assessment of Climate-Land-Energy-Water Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Cases of the Volta and Tana River Basins”, the event (hosted by KALRO) buzzed with excitement and determination.

Day 1:
The event kicked off with an amazing welcome talk, which set an atmosphere for what was to follow. As all partners came to jointly put together ideas to tackle difficulties being encountered, progress so far, and how each stakeholder is developing thus far in relation to the project, the project’s accomplishments.

Day 2:
An extensive discussion on how to assist sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa by developing and linking a transition platform with stakeholders in dialogue, leading to the creation of a long-term engagement tool for the water-energy-food nexus. The best utilization of shared resources in Africa will be demonstrated by the instances of the Volta and Tana River basins.

Day 3:
Detailed discussion of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus and values in obtaining sustainable water, energy, and food resources. The gathering discussed the gap between the WEF’s past and present circumstances, as well as proposals for the future.

Day 4:
The meeting focused on the most important conclusions from the previous days discussions, as well as comprehending the system relationships between water, energy, and food factors. Participants, including students from Ghana and Burkina Faso, discussed and created causal loop diagrams based on the interactive system game. The summit also explored the future of the water, energy, and food relationships in connection to Vision 2063, which said that with technological advancement, efficiency and adoption will be possible.

Day 5:
The final day of the meeting included a tour to Thika Dam, which produces 85% of the water consumed in Nairobi County and its vicinity. This was a key practical example of the relationship between Climate, Land, Water, and Energy (CLEWs) in achieving sustainable livelihoods. The Epic Africa Consortium Meeting was founded on CLEWs’ debates, which focused on synchronization, previous situations, present conditions, and the future of water, energy, and food.

EPIC Africa Presentation at the KTH Africa Days 2024

On the 16th of January, 2024, Prof. Viktoria Martin of KTH Royal Institute of Technology gave a presentation on EPIC Africa Project highlighting its core objectives, key partners, and the overarching issues it endeavors to address, etc. Watch the video below for the full duration of the presentation, and with the deeply discussed activities of the EPIC Africa project, we hope you have a better grasp of the project’s goals and objectives.

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EPIC Africa Transition Space

Do you consider yourself a visionary? Are you able to think abstractly into the future? Are you passionate about discussing and addressing the synergies and trade-offs around the Water-Energy-Food nexus? If so, this is your chance to apply for a spot at the EPIC Africa Transition Spaces in the Volta River Basin and in the Tana River Basin.

What are Transition Spaces?

Transition Spaces, rooted in the Transition Management Framework, act as participatory platforms where a diverse range of stakeholders can come together to tackle complex challenges. In the context of the Water-Energy-Food nexus, these spaces serve as incubators for developing and implementing groundbreaking solutions. These platforms are not just another academic exercise; they are a call to action.

Goals of the Transition Spaces

The primary goal is to facilitate robust dialogue and collaboration among participants, thereby creating a common understanding and shared vision. The aim is to produce real results, from innovative policies to actionable projects, designed to optimize the utilization and management of water, energy, and food resources in the Volta River basin and in the Tana River Basin.

Why Attend?

By joining, you will not only gain important hands-on experience but also have a key role in shaping the future of the Water-Energy-Food nexus in the Volta River basin and in the Tana River basin. These workshops offer a unique opportunity to co-create solutions and network with like-minded individuals who are equally committed to sustainable development.

Save the Dates

Mark your calendars! The first Transition Space meeting for the Tana River Basin is scheduled to take place on the 7th to 8th of February, 2023, in Nairobi. For the Volta River Basin, the inaugural meeting is planned for March/April in the Volta River basin. These initial in-person meetings will set the

 stage for two additional annual meetings, complemented by ongoing online engagements, deepening the discourse and expanding the scope of collective action.

Forge the future today. Enroll now by filling out this brief form. Please note that a phone interview may be required before confirming your participation.

 

For more information on the EPIC Africa project visit www.epicafrica.eu or contact us at spaces@epicafrica.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union under the Horizon Europe Research & Innovation Programme 2021–2027 (grant agreement no. 101084216).

EARN WEBINAR 2023

Do you care about Africa’s sustainable development and are interested in Climate, Land Use, Energy, and Water Systems? Do you wish to offer your knowledge to a thriving research community?

Join the EPIC Africa Research Network Webinar on October 17, 2023, at precisely 9 a.m. GMT.

Discussions will be made on the network’s goals, the operations and each critical role of members including you, play. Get to know about the benefits and prospects of being a part of the EPIC Africa Research Network (EARN) as we delve in the EPIC Africa Project.

Visit the Webinar Registration Form and register.

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