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Smart Solutions for Resource Security Hot Spots

KAS International Workshop at Plante Security Initiative Conference in The Hague

With its global program for energy security and climate change, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) addresses challenges and solutions in this field of political action. At three "fish bowl" round tables, carried out simultaneously, experts will focus on three security hot spots, including water scarcity challenges in the Lake Chad Basin and the MENA region as well as GHG emission challenges of Asian mega cities.

Details

1) 14% of the world population is expected to live in water-scarce areas and will be facing a major challenge of a widening gap in water supplies and demand by 2025. Unrest, instability and conflict can all be triggered or worsened by water scarcity. Environmental changes resulting from climate change and human activities threaten the entire Lake Chad Basin, the Lake itself and the natural resources and ecosystem services. How can politics at different levels address the interrelated problems of water security, food and health security, migration, displacement, conflict and governance?

2) The MENA region accounts for almost half of the world’s desalination capacity and is home to some of the largest desalination plants. Interest in and investment in desalination are expanding beyond this part of the world driven by price reductions due to the availability of renewable energies and more efficient technologies. As an approach to successfully reduce security risks linked to climate change and other environmental stresses, we want to discuss preliminary results of a regional study conducted in cooperation with MEDRC Water Research.

3) Global cities determine future development pathways. They are centres for trading, innovation etc. but they are also main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Digitalisation and smart concepts provide unique opportunities for sustainable solutions. But this comes along with an increasing responsibility and vulnerability of cities which have so far been underestimated as hot spots for global security policy. How can the exchange of concepts and best practices between global cities be enhanced?

Program

Welcome & Introductory remarks

Dr. Peter Hefele, Director

Energy security and Climate change Asia-Pacific (RECAP), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Hong Kong, China

Experts' interventions

Mr. King Wang POON, Director

Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore


Mr. Prof. Jauad El KHARRAZ, Head of Research

Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), Morocco


Mr. Prof. Haruna Kuje AYUBA, Professor

Biogeography/Environmental Science Department at Nasarawa State University Keff, Nigeria

Q&A session and Resource people's interventions

Mr. Dr. Peter HEFELE, Director

Energy security and Climate change Asia-Pacific (RECAP), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Hong Kong, China


Mr. Johannes HÜGEL, Research Associate

Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Brussels, Belgium


Mr. Tilmann FELTES, Desk officer

Sub-Saharan Africa Team, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Berlin, Germany


Ms. Daniela DIEGELMANN, Driector

Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa (KAS REMENA), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Rabat, Morocco

Closing remarks

Ms. Daniela DIEGELMANN, Driector

Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa (KAS REMENA), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Rabat, Morocco


Mr. Dr. Peter HEFELE, Director

Energy security and Climate change Asia-Pacific (RECAP), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Hong Kong, China

Here you will find the program for download: Program KAS Workshop PSC 2019.pdf
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Venue

TheHague Marriott Hotel
Johan de Wittlaan 30,
2517 JR The Hague
The Netherlands

Speakers

  • Jauad El Kharraz
    • King Wang Poon
      • Haruna Kuje Ajuba
        Contact

        Sabina Wölkner

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        Head of the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue

        sabina.woelkner@kas.de +32 2 66931-77 +32 2 66931-62
        Contact

        Johannes Hügel

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        Research Coordinator Energy Climate and Environment Multinational Development Policy Dialogue

        johannes.huegel@kas.de +32 2 66931 75 +32 2 66931 62