Almost all countries in Eastern Africa face severe water constraints. Deforestation and poor agricultural practices are leading to reduced retention periods, surface runoffs and soil cover losses. Water-borne diseases are the main cause of morbidity in all the countries in the region, and poor sanitation compounds health problems in both urban and rural environments.

The special topics in this thematic areas will include:

  • Flood forecasting and risk management
  • Water quality and pollution control
  • Water related disasters
  • Ground water
  • Water management and planning (allocation)
  • River basin management
  • Urban water management
  • Transboundary water management
  • Water rights and accessibility