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The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki participated in the Seminar “SUSTAINABILITY VIA BIODIVERSE AGRI-FOOD VALUE CHAINSon 14-15 September 2022, in Chania, Greece.

From the 14th to the 15th of September 2022, the 182nd EAAE seminar was held in Chania, Greece. To this seminar, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki participated providing background on sustainable water resources management in East and West African countries. Great focus was also given to the EWA -BELT project case studies of Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania.

Figure 1 - Professor Konstadinos Mattas presenting the AUTH Poster concerning the EWA-BELT Project

Three different academic department of the university participated in the seminar: the department of Hydraulics, Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering; the department of Structural, Historical & Applied Geology and the department of Agricultural Economics. Their main contributions to the seminar were those of explaining in depth the African case studies examining the human and ecological factors affecting water quality and quantity in case studies from West and East African countries. According to data not only water demands are increasing due to global population growth and intensification of economic activities, but climate change projections predict that drought periods will be prolonged, and floods will occur more frequently. The University presented preliminary results on the basis of the feedback received from questionnaires disseminated to the involved parties in the case-study countries of the EWA-BELT Project.

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