Vision or Reality – Benefit Sharing in the Eastern Nile Basin

 
Vision or Reality – Benefit Sharing in the Eastern Nile Basin is an educational film produced by the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD). Following two previous case study films (Agricultural Challenges in the Ethiopian Highlands and Gezira Irrigation Scheme: A Struggle for Revival), this film zooms out to a basin perspective and captures the complex issue of transboundary cooperation and a critical moment of development for the entire basin.
 
The Eastern Nile River Basin is one of the most well-known transboundary water basin in the world and of utmost importance for its riparian countries Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. It is presently at a turning point as the balance of political power is changing and increasing demands create an urgent need for sharing agreements and cooperation. This film sheds light on the basin characteristics, history and resource use profiles of the countries, but also focuses on tangible examples of transboundary cooperation in the field of trade of resources, financial and technical cooperation and important approaches for benefit sharing.
 

The 4th “Resource Efficient Cities” Workshop Series

Continuing the workshops’ series of the Curriculum Development of the Interdisciplinary Master Program “Resource Efficient Cities” (IMaREC) which started in Cairo, Egypt in June 2015, the 4th workshop took place in UASLP, San Luis Potosi – Mexico during the period 18th – 23rd July 2016. Four partner universities of the CNRD network in addition to UASLP  participated in the workshop: TH Köln, Germany; ASU, Egypt; KU, Kenya; and UGM, Indonesia.

The workshop was twofold in that it included activities of both curriculum development and research. The curriculum development workshop aimed at defining course structures, learning units and full description of the four core courses comprising the first semester of IMaREC in terms of course aims/objectives, Intended learning outcomes (ILOs), course content, teaching method(s) and assessment method(s). The research workshop aimed at promoting the concept of resource efficient cities and prioritized relevant topics of the city as a socio-ecological and thus metabolistic system. This was done by developing a systematic urban case study approach for a scalable cities, including Cairo, Egypt (mega city), San Luis Potosi, Mexico and Yogyakarta, Indonesia (medium size cities), and Kisumu, Kenya (small size city) in order to pave the road to draft relevant and specified research proposals responding to calls of bilateral or multilateral funding options.

The workshop was enriched by two open sessions with inputs from international guests of topics related to resource efficient cities such as “Urban metabolism and system theory”, “Water efficient urban systems”, and “Introducing urban sustainable model: La Pila”. Professors and students from the different faculties of UASLP joined the opening sessions and participated actively in the discussions. Furthermore, the workshop included a very interesting field trip to explore urban strategies for food production and water management in a local elementary school as a sustainable model developed by UASLP, where sustainable practices of rainwater harvesting, urban farming, greenhouse, fruit trees farm, waste water treatment, soccer field design and photovoltaic design have been implemented. The field trip also included visits to local brick makers and to a social housing development “Villa Esperanza” for exploring environmental-social design aspects and community governance.

Moreover, the workshop hosted an important event for strengthen international cooperation; based on the CNRD agreement, a bilateral agreement between ASU, Egypt and UASLP, Mexico was launched with the presence of the Egyptian Consulate of the Egyptian Embassy in Mexico and the Rector of UASLP.

 

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Urban Gardening in Cairo, Egypt

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Group picture of the workshop participants