Call for Abstracts

For: Online International Conference on Water bodies, environment and development


Date: 24-25  October 2024 


Despite water bodies particularly dams, spurring economic development in drought prone regions of the world, local communities around and downstream these artificial water bodies have not realised any significant direct socio-economic benefit from them.  The world over, the water stored in them is meant to service corporate interests, hundreds of kilometres away. In Zimbabwe alone mega dams like Kariba, Osborne and recently Tugwi Mukosi have benefitted distant communities at the expense of local communities. In Mozambique the Cahora Basa Dam generates hydroelectric power which is exported to SADC countries yet communities around this dam do not have access to this energy. 

A conference that is inclusive of local stakeholders, academia, researchers, practitioners and other key stakeholders is important to gain new insights into sustainable utilisation and management of these water bodies and shared learning is required. It offers policymakers, environmentalists, disaster specialists, researchers, academia, scholars, think tanks, civil society organizations, business, and humanitarian organizations the opportunity to network from the forum.  The conference aims to harness the broad, interdisciplinary expertise of the delegates to build networks as well as discuss the most pressing issues in water bodies utilisation, environmental management as well as disaster risk research across the academic, policy, decision making and practical disciplines.

Abstracts of not more than 250 words addressing one of the thematic areas must be submitted by the 31st of March 2024 to;

  • Water bodies and Sustainable development Goals (SDGs)
  • Water bodies and development planning
  • Disaster risk knowledge
  • Water bodies and disease ecologies
  • Communities’ involvement in mega development projects in their localities
  • Inclusive water resources management (participation of women, youth, children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups)
  • Networking, partnerships, and collaborations in water resources management.
  • Vulnerability issues (migration, gender-based violence, Environmental management)  
  • Indigenous knowledge in early warning and risk reduction
  • Science, innovation, and technology in early warning and disaster risk management
  • Disaster research agendas and methods
  • African perspectives and trans-boundary disaster risk reduction
  • Water bodies and disasters
Subscription fees

US$100, 00 per presentation

Proposed Conference Outcome:

Selected papers will be published in a Special of African Journal of Water, Environment & Development


Abstracts and enquiries should be sent to the following email addresses:


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