The BA Takes Part in the Fourth Edition of Cairo Water Week 2021

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The BA Sustainable Development Studies, Youth Capacity Building, and African Relations Support Program took part in the fourth edition of Cairo Water Week 2021, which was entitled “Water, Population, and Global Changes: Challenges and Opportunities”, and held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The event witnessed the participation of ministers, official delegations, senior officials in the water sector, scientists, international and civil society organizations, farmers, as well as legal experts from around the world.

The 5-day event included 8 workshops, 70 technical sessions in the different water fields, with the participation of 50 regional and international organizations, and 300 local and international speakers.

A special conference affiliated to the project “Steering Migration through Sustainable Development: Euro-Egyptian Program for Agriculture and Rural Development “DeVilag”” was also held as part of the fourth edition of Cairo Water Week, with the participation of Ambassador Nabila Makram, Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates; Dr. Mohammed Al-Shenawy, Adviser to the Minister of Higher Education; and Dr. Hani Sewilam, Academic Director, Department of Engineering Hydrology, RWTH Aachen University.

It is worth mentioning that the BA Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP) is one of the partners of DeVilag project, which represents an international collaboration between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and a number of Egyptian and European universities: RWTH Aachen, Germany; the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; the University of Nicosia, Cyprus; Cairo University; Fayoum University; Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development; the American University in Cairo; and the Agricultural Research Center, Cairo.

The project is funded by the European Union (ERASMUS+), and aims to develop rural areas in Egypt, improve the quality of life, and reduce rural-urban migration (especially among young people) through understanding the driving forces and main reasons behind this kind of migration.