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02/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/19/2021 02:00

Register for webinar: Introducing the 'Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa' 19 Feb 2021

Join a webinar to learn more about the recently launched Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa.

  • When: Tuesday, 2 March, 2021, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Nairobi time (EAT)
  • How:Pre-register to attend; participation is free

In this webinar, three speakers will present the main findings and key messages in the atlas and discuss the process that led to the book's creation. Ultimately, the webinar will be an opportunity to discuss the value of addressing wastewater and sanitation challenges. It's the first of a planned series of webinars to be held in 2021 to explore the issues addressed in the atlas.

The Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa was launched on 2 February 2021. The product is the flagship result of a four-year project implemented jointly by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and GRID-Arendal to better understand the current situation related to wastewater management and sanitation across the African continent. The Atlas consists of different chapters focusing on various aspects of wastewater management, including human health, ecosystem health, policy frameworks, and circular economy approaches, and has a section with detailed country profiles. It is a tool that can help policymakers and the wide public across Africa and beyond to better understand and address the current gaps and opportunities in this sector.

Speakers

Osward Chanda - Manager, Water Security and Sanitation, African Development Bank

Osward Chanda is the manager for water security and sanitation at the African Development Bank, responsible for operations of a project portfolio of over $4.5 billion and an average annual lending program of about $800 million for both public and private operations across Africa. He has worked on infrastructure development financing, water services regulation, institutional reforms, structuring of public-private partnerships, and policy and strategy development, while also managing staff and budget. A global player in the water sector, Chanda has been recognized as an International Water Association Fellow and has served on the World Water Council Governing Board. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Zambia and a master's degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Birguy Lamizana - Programme Management Officer, UN Environment Programme

Birguy Lamizana is a broad-based development professional with more than 20 years of experience working in environmental services institutions. Skilled in sustainable development, environmental issues, water quality, biodiversity, and environmental impact assessment, she is a strong community and social services professional with a PhD focused in environmental flows assessment from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Aarhus University, Denmark. She is currently the programme management officer in charge of wastewater management at UNEP and worked previously as the programme coordinator for Global Water Partnership-West Africa.

Clever Mafuta - Head of Programme, Waste and Marine Litter, GRID-Arendal

Clever Mafuta has been working in the environment field for almost two decades, focusing mainly on integrated environmental assessment and reporting as well as project management. At GRID-Arendal, Mafuta leads activities with a geographical scope in Africa. Lately, most of these activities have focused on transboundary water resources management. Prior to joining GRID-Arendal, he was a senior manager at the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre where he was part of the team that put together various environmental outlook reports for southern Africa. He holds a bachelor of science in agriculture and a master's in crop protection, both from the University of Zimbabwe. He also studied for a master's in business administration with Nottingham Trent University.

Moderator: Stanley Mubako - Environmental Scientist, California State Water Resources Control Board

Stanley Mubako is affiliated with the California State Water Resources Control Board as an environmental scientist. He was formerly research assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he held a joint appointment at the Center for Environmental Resource Management and the Geological Sciences Department. Mubako is a certified GIS Professional, a GeoMentor, and a fellow of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. He received a PhD in environmental resources and policy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in the United States and holds a master's in water and environmental resources management from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands.

Organizers



The webinar is jointly organized the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and GRID-Arendal.

About the African Development Bank

The African Development Bank Group is Africa's premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund, and the Nigeria Trust Fund. On the ground in 41 African countries with an external office in Japan, the African Development Bank contributes to the economic development and social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information: www.afdb.org

About the United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. For more information: www.unep.org

About GRID-Arendal

GRID-Arendal transforms environmental data into innovative, science-based information products and provides capacity-building services. It supports environmentally sustainable development through partnerships with UNEP and other organizations. For more information: www.grida.no

Photo at top: Rob Barnes / GRID-Arendal

Release date: 19 Feb 2021