Sudan University Organizes a Scientific Workshop on Climate Change and its Impact on Women in Natural Reserves
The UNESCO-ISESCO Chair for Women in Science and Technology, in cooperation with the Deanship of Scientific Research and the University Websites Administration (SWA) organized a scientific workshop titled,
“Climate Change and Environmental Adaptation and its Impact on Empowering Women in Natural Reserves“,
in partnership with the National Committee for UNESCO, the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR), the Global Environment Facility (GEP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and General Administration for the Protection of Wildlife.
The workshop is within the framework of the project to strengthen the system of protected areas and integrated management of ecosystems in Sudan.
The workshop sessions were chaired by Professor Amel Omer Bakhiet, Dean of Scientific Research at SUST, and the panel members included Prof Amal Babiker Mohamed Ibrahim, Director of the UNESCO Chair at the University, and Dr. Ebtihal Haider Gismalla, Director of the E-learning Administration and the university’s Website Administration, Dr. Huda Osman Abdallah, Director of Public Relations and Media, and a large number of civil society organizations, national committees, institutions and related bodies, representatives of Sudanese universities and institutes, researchers and those interested in the field.
Prof Amel Omer Bakhiet expressed her happiness with the workshop and said the importance of the workshop is that it sheds light on the environment and climate and achieves the sustainable development goals that contribute to the protection of humanity because of its different dimensions in life in general.
She also indicated that there are many ways to protect nature and environmental diversity in terms of concerning humans and animals, the workshop also contributes to highlighting the role of women, defining them and making them aware of climatic diversity and linking this to scientific research that organizes and achieves the developmental dimensions and required modernization.
Prof Amal Babiker Mohamed Ibrahim, Director of the UNESCO Chair, spoke about the importance of integrating women into nature issues because they represent the most insightful element, in addition to monitoring all the natural changes that occur in different regions. Natural needs).
Prof Amal also indicated that the conflict over resources has become clear and obvious to the eyes as Sudan is rich in natural resources and the deterioration of the climate heralds many disasters, and she indicated that health and natural phenomena suffer greatly from women, in addition to the economic situation.
Dr. Ebtihal Haidar presented a paper on the intersection of gender, engineering, climate change, and natural reserves. She said “women are the most affected by climate changes”, remembering the roles that women can play in adapting to climate and nature. She also presented scientific solutions that were linked to the engineering field and said “Decision- makers need to focus on women empowerment and projects that preserve the environment in a way that does not infringe on the rights and resources of future generations”.
Dr. Abdel Bagi Elsayed Ali, from the college of Agricultural Studies, presented an invited paper on “Beekeeping and Apiaries in Protected Areas within the Framework of Empowering Women and Promoting Integrated Environmental Management” reviewing the past, present and future of honey bee breeding in Sudan, as an open sources and its role in the development of natural reserves.
Dr. Hala Ahmed Hassan, Dr. Gammer Eldien AbdelRahman Ibrahim and Mohammed Ibrahim Abdelsalam Fdial from the college of Forestry and Range Science, presented an invited paper on “The Impact of Climate Change on Pastoral Women in Protected Environments”.
Dr. Nagat Ahmed Mohamed, dean of Libraries Affairs at SUST, with the participation of Dr. Raya Al-Faki Mohamed Ahmed, presented a scientific paper on “Mobile Libraries and Their Role in Developing and Raising Information Awareness for Rural Women”.
Dr. Rania Eltahir Abood, from the college of Education, presented an invited paper on “School Learning and Participatory Work to Adapt to Climate Change and Its Role in Strengthening Protected Areas and Integrated Management of Ecosystems”.
At the end of the workshop, recommendations were reviewed, the most prominent of which came as a belief in the need to raise awareness and educate the community about natural reserves and documenting them, and to involve all community institutions in protecting nature reserves, disseminating information, curricula and research that reflect the importance of nature reserves, creating digital repositories to provide information and data about protected areas in Sudan.