Water Conference in Portugal [October 2008] - Call for papers (Water in Africa)

Venue: University of Porto

Location: Porto, Porto, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Oct 02, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 03, 2008
Registration Date: Jul 31, 2008
Early Registration Date: Apr 30, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 30, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Apr 30, 2008
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Water in Africa: Hydro-Pessimism or Hydro-Optimism?

Centre of African Studies - Porto, Portugal

2-3 October 2008


How are water resources being managed in Africa? What are the main challenges concerning access, distribution and allocation of freshwater resources in the continent? What are the driving forces that shape current and future demand for water? What are the solutions being developed by communities, policy-makers, private sector and
environmental activists? What are water scientists and international donor organisations contributing?

Pessimists highlight water scarcity and insecurity, water inequity and the conflict potential at local and regional levels. They forecast a gloomy future for Africa. Can they be wrong?

Optimists emphasise the potential of improved water management practices, water policy reforms and socially, economically and environmentally sustainable policies. They argue that local adaptive capacities can be enhanced and regional hydropolitical cooperation can be established. Water optimists believe in windows of opportunity to improve water resources management and that Africa's water crises can be addressed. Can they be right?

The Centre of African Studies invites researchers and practitioners to contribute with water management experiences and case-studies from the diverse regions of Africa, and to participate in a wide debate on hydro-pessimism and hydro-optimism in the African context.

Call for Abstracts

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of 250 words by the 30th April 2008, containing the following information:

§ Proposed title

§ Authors' names

§ Contact address (institution, email and telephone)

§ Paper proposal

§ Keywords

Presentations can be submitted in English, French or Portuguese.
Abstracts will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee, and authors will be notified by email of acceptance or refusal of their proposals by the end of June 2008. Accepted papers can be published in the Conference Proceedings (paper and CD/ROM formats). There are no registration fees.

All abstracts must be submitted via email to ana.cascao@kcl.ac.uk

Venue

Via Panorâmica s/n 4150-564 Porto
Porto
Porto
Portugal
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Additional Information

For additional information contact: Centro de Estudos Africanos Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto Via Panorâmica s/n 4150-564 Porto – Portugal Email: ceaup@letras.up.pt Website: http://www.africanos.eu Tel./Fax: +351 22 607 71 41