This volume provides an analysis of this stance by both African and Chinese scholars. Africa through its Agenda 2063 has been driving, among others, the re-industrialisation of its economies, improved connectivity and infrastructure development, diversification of energy sources, technology transfer and skills development. The Belt and Road Initiative provides an alternative path for Africa to realise some of these milestones.
Thokozani Simelane serves as a leader for Science and Technology at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) within the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He previously served as an interim Director of Research at AISA. He has worked as a Departmental Manager for Environmental Management at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). At SABS he was responsible for ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 90001 system certification. He has published in a number of international scientific journals and serves as a member of Research Ethics Committee of Human Sciences Research Council. He also serves as a member of the Department of Public Enterprise Africa Steering Committee as well as a reviewer of National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF).
Lavhelesani R. Managa is working as a researcher in the Science and Technology Research Programme - Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), within Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Prior to working for HSRC, he worked for University of Venda Plant Production Department, Penn State University Roots Biology Lab and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). His research interests are in Medicinal Plant Science, Plant Metabolomics, Plant Breeding, Food Security and Safety, Climate-Smart Agriculture, Water Quality and Plant Productivity. He is currently studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD. Horticultural Science) from University of Pretoria.
a) Building strong research and training institutions in Africa at national and regional levels;
b) Facilitating the exchange of scientific information and sharing of ideas across borders;
c) Strengthening the link between scientific research and policy making;
d) Promoting outreach activities to build resilience to disaster risk; and
e) Tapping the knowledge base of rural and urban communities.
In this volume, the ICSU ROA has brought together selected African scientific researchers to share their views on policy direction for facing challenges linked to natural and human-induced hazards. The book is intended for policy advisers, environmental scientists, government officials and members of the general public with a special interest in environmental issues.