The sixth Cairo Water Week comes as a continuation of the success achieved during its fifth edition, which was held in 2022, under the title: “Water is at the heart of climate action.” It was also held as a preparatory event for water events at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27).
The Sixth Cairo Water Week will be held, under the title: “Working on Adaptation in the Water Sector for Sustainability”, during the period from October 29 to November 2, 2023, under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, and prior to the holding of the COP28 Climate Conference, in the United Arab Emirates. United; Its findings and recommendations will be presented for presentation and discussion during the COP28 activities.
It should be noted that the subtropical regions of Africa will witness a rise in temperature above the global average, which is targeted at 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is expected to be higher than that in northern and southern Africa; It is estimated that the Congo Basin has lost about 1.5 million hectares of tropical forests, which is one of the most important terrestrial carbon sinks. This, according to what was reported by the Information and Decision Support Center affiliated with the Council of Ministers, in an “infographic” prepared and published earlier by Dr. Adly Saadawi, dean of the Institute for Research and Strategic Studies of the Nile Basin Countries at Fayoum University, and a member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.-
In a separate “infographic”, prepared and published by the Information and Decision Support Center, quoting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), November 2022, it was reported that 27 million children were at risk, due to devastating floods, which set records all over the world. Over the past year, 2022.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, the Sixth Cairo Water Week includes a scientific conference for the week, which includes many technical activities; Where scientific research is received from researchers in Egyptian universities and research centers, to be presented in 5 specialized technical sessions, in the axes: green water to restore freshwater ecosystems and adapt to climate changes, cooperation in mitigation options and adaptation to climate changes on the scale of river basins, supporting common benefits Between adaptation measures in the water management sector and achieving economic growth, improving early warning systems for extreme weather events (drought/flood), and supporting the integration of water resources policies with the national vision for sustainable development; Four competitions will also be held, namely: the best agricultural practices competition for water conservation, the “three-minute thesis” competition, to which master’s and doctoral students from the faculties of engineering, science and agriculture from Egyptian universities will apply, and the “youth innovators in the field of water” competition, which will be held for students STEM schools and the “Best Graduation Project” competition, in addition to organizing an exhibition in parallel with the activities of the week, which provides a unique opportunity for all public and private institutions working in the water sector to display their programs, products and innovations in various fields, such as water desalination, renewable energy and water technology.