Institusjoner: Norges miljø- og biovitenskaplige universitet, Høgskolen i Sør Norge, Universitetet i Bergen

Prosjekttype: FoU

Prosjektperiode: 2013 – 2019

Prosjekt webside: www.wasoproject.org

Prosjektleder/veileder navn: Tore Sætersdal: tore.satersdal@uib.no; Harsha Ratnaweera: harshanmbu.no; Tone Jøran Oredalen: Tone.J.Oredalen@usn.no

Formål / Sammendrag:

Water and Society – Institutional Capacity-Building in Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation in Selected Countries in Asia and Africa. NORHED prosjekt med NMBU, HSN og fire univ i Afrika og fire i Asia.

Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda are seven countries that are heavily dependent on sound water management. They are also among the countries most severely affected by climate change.

While these countries have variable populations and population densities, they share water-related challenges, which are also related to population increase, urbanisation and industrialisation. While acknowledging the need for integrated water resources management, water supply and sanitation, and adaptation to climate change as key challenges to the decades and centuries to come, all three countries are in great need of water specialists in all sectors.

The project seeks to create links across different disciplines, from meteorology to humanities and social science, in order to take a holistic approach to resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation research with special reference to water and society. Capacity will be built at participating institutions so that staff are better equipped to supervise master and PhD students at the same time as undertaking quality independent research.