TheWaterChannel NewsFlash: May 15, 2014
Africa’s coastal zones and floodplains: how they have evolved
They are extensive, resource-rich but not well understood: the coastal zone and floodplains in Africa. Estimated at upward of 20 million hectares of land, African floodplains are convergence points for fisheries, pastoralist livelihoods, recession agriculture and other ecological functions.
They are also being increasingly seen as key areas for potential expansion of large-scale irrigated agricultural and biofuel production, but there is a huge risk that this sits uneasy with other functions they provide. An example is Kenya's Tana Delta (watch video ‘How Sweet is Tana’s Sugar?’)
A major conference on African coastal zones and floodplains will take place in Tanzania between May 27-30. You can follow the outcomes on the page https://www.facebook.com/afrideltas2014?fref=ts
As a teaser have a look at the book of abstract too: http://goo.gl/pTVcts
With regards, TheWaterChannel Team