Day 1 :
Haramaya University, Haramaya, Ethiopia
Title: Soil Loss Estimation in R Environment Using Machine Learning Algorithm from Wolaita Zone of Southern Ethiopia
Time : 13:30 to 14:00
Dawit Kanito has BSc in Natural Resources Management and MSc in Soil Science. He served for 4 years as Food Security expert and Soil and Water Conservation Researcher in agricultural research institute. In June 2022, the author joined Pan Africa University Institute of Water and Energy Science including Climate Change (PAUWES) to pursue his MSc in Climate Change Engineering.
Soil erosion has become a globally challenging issue that poses a serious threat to agriculture and natural resources, particularly in developing countries like Ethiopia. Estimating the magnitude of soil loss and understanding the spatial distribution of erosion-prone areas is critical to plan and effectively implement soil conservation measures with limited resources. This study was conducted in Gununo watershed, where soil erosion is threatening the sustainability of agricultural production and environmental systems, to estimate mean annual soil loss, to identify high erosion risk areas and to prioritize erosion hotspot subwatersheds to plan and implement evidence-based and site-specific conservation measures. The machine learning algorithm in R environment was used.
University of Lagos
Title: Socioeconomic Vulnerabilities of Urban Water Pollution: A case study of Bariga, Lagos
Time : 14:00-14:30
Currently Centre leader at the University of Lagos’ Sustainable Procurement, Environment and Social Standard Centre of Excellence. Also Team Leader of research on application of Nanotechnology in Water Treatment
Lagos, the fastest growing city in Africa is currently facing a water management crisis which has affected the poor urban communities in the state. Due to poor planning, lack of adequate infrastructure, insufficient funds, and a poor governance and regulatory framework, the scarcity of water and impact of pollution on available water bodies in the state is a major problem as only 10% of the population in Lagos is being served by the public water utility, Lagos Water Corporation. The rest of the population gain access to water either from private boreholes or from informal private sector participants such as water vendors
PhD, University of Jaffna,Sri Lanka
Title: E-waste:An emerging threat to Northern province Sri Lanka
Time : 14:30-15:00
Harithas Aruchchunan is a humanitarian aid and development community professional with over 14 years of experience in humanitarian aid and development community activities in ethnic war affected,Sri Lanka.He has most passionate when it comes to the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in Sri Lanka. He has been involved in the implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of projects. Projects related to Agriculture,Livelihood,Small Medium Enterpise,Food security,Education,Water and Sanitation,Women empowerment,Social inclusion,Child protection,Community governance etc. Harithas Aruchchunan participated in a variety of international and national professional networks, training, conferences, workshops and associations for humanitarian aid and development community activities in Sri Lanka.
During the last few decades the electrical and electronics industry has experienced an enormous growth in Sri Lanka. It has been unprecedented in Northern province in post war context and COVID19 pandemic scenarios. The objective of this research was to assess present status of e -waste management among households and other stakeholders in urban and peri urban areas in the Northern province. The study used descriptive survey design. This research has tried to understand the existing gap, by identifying the different barriers to and drivers for the adoption of e-waste management measures through the perceptions of the different stakeholders involved in e -waste issues. This research investigated awareness level of e-waste in Northern province. The total sample of households and other stakeholders (repairers, waste collectors etc) in the all 5 districts were 66 and 55 respectively. Data collected through the digital questionnaires (Kobotoolbox and Google forms), key informant interviews and observations. The findings of the study revealed that households’ respondents were having good understanding on meaning of e-waste than other stakeholders. Most of the e-waste handed over to local government bodies and sold as trash to mobile waste collectors.
IIT Kanpur, Kanpur,India
Title: The Economic Cost of Air Pollution Due to Stubble Burning: Evidence from Delhi
Time : 12:30-13:00
Agarwal Arti is a student of IIT Kanpur, Kanpur,India.She has interest on pollution control activities.
Stubble burning in North India has been a major contributing factor to the growing menace of air pollution in the National Capital Region of India for the last two decades. Though the health aspects of air pollution due to stubble burning have been extensively studied, its economic costs due to environmental damage have not been studied holistically. We attempt to estimate these costs using Instrumental Variable (IV) Analysis. Using VIIRS Data from NASA, we count the number of field fires per day in Punjab and Haryana during the September-December harvesting season, called FIRECOUNT. We use FIRECOUNT as the IV to estimate the concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 due to stubble burning.