AFRICA AND WATER

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Jamati Claude

by Claude Jamati

2015-12-19
 

Droughts? Floods? Water stress? Water shortages? With its 30 million km2 located only about 15 km from its neighbour, Europe, the African continent  is  too  frequently  associated  with  a set of superlatives. Where is the truth? Is there only one truth? This continent that is so close through its historical, cultural and economic links and yet so little understood, despite its key importance for the future, merits some efforts to    avoid applying preconceived and often false ideas to its situation.

It is certainly true that there are many different and fundamental issues related to water on the African continent, like those of education or energy. They are obvious too in the context of these continuing migrations which are resulting in a whole series of human tragedies and discussion with no ready-made solutions. Consequently, it seems to us legitimate and useful to draw up an inventory of the principal challenges related to water in Africa, as well as to sketch out some possible solutions to these challenges.

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