African Studies Center - TUFS will hold the 25th ASC Seminar on December 6, 2018. It is jointly organized by Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies and Executive Committee of African Weeks 2018. We will invite Dr. Raymond Lumbuenamo, a professor at University of Kinshasa and Unesco Regional School of Tropical Forest and Land Management (ERAIFT). He is a former Regional Director of World Wildlife Fund.
The lake Chad has shrunk and could disappear in about twenty years due to climate change. The solution that is currently being contemplated is that of an inter-basin water transfer from the Congo basin to the Lake. Dr. Lumbuenamo will discuss how this solution could be achieved.
◆Title: Inter-basin water transfer: From the Congo basin to Lake Chad: Challenges and opportunities
◆Speaker: Dr. Raymond Lumbuenamo
(Professor, University of Kinshasa and Unesco Regional School of Tropical Forest and Land Management (ERAIFT) / Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, World Bank)
Over the past 50 years, the lake Chad has shrunk from 25 000 Km2 in 1963 to less than 1500 km2 today. This unfolding tragedy is mostly due to bad water management and misuse, climate change and population pressure. If water continues to recede at the current rate, Lake Chad could disappear in about twenty years from now, according to NASA climate forecasts.
This will have severe consequences on 30 million people living on its shores.
The solution that is currently being contemplated is that of an inter- basin water transfer from the Congo basin to the lake. Can the Congo basin afford such transfer? If so, how? where? And when? When one knows that Congo basin forests are dependent on the abundant rains that fall on the region whilst rainfalls are heavily (85-95%) dependent on the forest evapotranspiration.
◆Date & Time: Thursday, December 6, 2018 5:40 pm - 7:10 pm
◆Venue: Room 317, Research and Lecture Building,
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
◆No pre-registration is needed.
◆Jointly organized by Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies and Executive Committee of African Weeks 2018