September 19, 2014
Participants at the sixth meeting for Water, Climate Development Programme (WACDEP) technical coordination programme for African countries have heard that African governments must prioritize Water, Sanitation and Hygiene issues as a prerequisite for sustainable development.
Speaking during this workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe, Laila Oualkacha, a representative to the Africa Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), noted that putting water and sanitation on top of their development agenda, African governments would be in a better position to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
The meeting aimed at supporting integration of water security and climate resilience into development planning and decision making processes. It has been going on since Monday and will end today Friday.
Engineer Munashe Mvura, Chief Executive Officer of the of the Upper Manyame Sub-Cathment Council (UMSCC) for the GWP Zimbabwe Country Water Partnership Coordinator says the workshop was organized to facilitate the implementation of the WACDEP activities related to project preparation in eight countries of Cameroon, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Rwanda and Tunisia including four transboundary river basins of Volta Basin, Lake Chad, Lake Victoria-Kagera, Limpopo Basin and one shared aquifer the North Western Sahara Aquifer system.
“The overall objective was to support integration of water security and climate resilience in development planning and decision making processes through enhanced technical and institutional capacity and predictable financing and investments in water security and climate change adaptation,” Engineer Mvura told our reporter.
GWP organized the meeting in collaboration with the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) water platform and African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW).