Delta Alliance African Network (DAAN)
The Delta Alliance Kenya Wing has taken the initiative to establish a Delta Alliance African Network (DAAN). The mission of DAAN will be to improve the resilience of the African deltas, through knowledge sharing, capacity building, integrative delta planning and innovative financing. The need for such a network - as part of the Delta Alliance international network - derives from the increasing demand of those working in the world’s deltas to intensify collaboration from a south-to-south perspective.
Deltas are where the pressures (climate change, rapid urbanization, water related shocks and stressors) as well as the opportunities (economic growth, delta-city metabolism, sustainable development) collide, to an unprecedented extent. The African deltas are considered to become the most vital and critical hotspots in the world for sustainable development, requiring an immediate acceleration in hands-on knowledge partnerships as a prerequisite for investments in those vibrant areas where land- and seascapes meet, also from a sustainable and long-term approach.
The feasibility phase of DAAN has led to a first working plan for the secretariat that is currently being discussed with the envisaged core partners, amongst whom the Delta Alliance African Wings. The office of the secretariat will be located at the IUCN office in Nairobi. An official launch of the DAAN secretariat is foreseen early 2020.
Gathering of DAAN members during a visit in August 2019
Please check this page and social media for the latest news. Parties that are potentially interested to join, please contact Delta Alliance Kenya wing coordinator Peter Odhengo (odhengo(at)gmail.com).
African nations push for drought research (Nature)
Scientists from African countries attending the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification have called for help with research and data collection so that they can better identify and prepare for drought. The UN estimates that by 2030, 700 million people will be forced to leave their homes because of drought. But there isn’t even a scientific consensus on what ‘drought’ means.
|This chapter of the excellent DECCMA flagship publication describes the biophysical and socio-ecological evolution of the delta using data and information from sources including surveys, censuses and stakeholder engagements. It focuses on the interactions between biophysical processes and human activities. It further describes adaptation practices, migration and resettlement in response to these changes. Finally, the chapter explains governance and response to environmental challenges. A Wing team member is one of the authors.