Event Organiser: ICE

2019 Gerald Lacey Lecture: Climate change and water security in Africa, London


  • Lecture
  • London
  • 14 May 2019
  • 18:00 - 19:45
Climate change, flood and drought conditions.

About this event

High levels of rainfall variability are magnified in the response of river discharges and lake levels creating major challenges for ongoing activities to achieve water security in sub-Saharan Africa.

In many cases climate change is likely to exacerbate these challenges particularly in the context of rapid socio-economic development that is driving greater use of water resources.

Join this free-to-attend evening lecture when speaker Prof Declan Conway from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment will:

  • Explore key aspects of water resources distribution and variability across sub-Saharan Africa and introduce two examples of climate-induced pressures on water resources management
  • Examine the linkages between spatial patterns of rainfall variability and the river basin areas that provide runoff used to generate hydropower
  • Trace the hydrological impact pathways associated with drought during the 2015/16 El Niño that contributed to disruption of public water supply in Gaborone and widespread electricity outages in Lusaka
  • Explore the effects of service disruption on businesses and show critical linkages between climate events and economic activities in urban areas
  • Highlight what continued climate change might mean for achieving water security

This lecture, part of the ICE’s Water Knowledge Programme, links to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 13. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, giving delegates the opportunity to pose questions and continue the discussion.


Prof Declan Conway

Declan Conway

Professorial Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science

Declan’s research cuts across water, climate and society, with a strong focus on adaptation and international development. Originally a geographer, he draws on insights from different disciplines to pursue problem focused research. Declan has over 20 years’ experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia (particularly China). His research funding has included the EU, UK departments DFID, Defra and DECC, UK NERC and ESRC, US NSF and the World Bank. Current research interests focus on developing counties and include the Food-Water-Energy Nexus and Water Security, Adaptation and Climate Change.

Chair: Helen Houghton-Carr

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology & Chair, Irrigation & Water Forum

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