From vision to action: Mauritius to hold SADC national water week in June
SADC water week, a regional water programme, is being held in Mauritius from 03 to 05 June 2015 to help build a cooperative spirit on trans-boundary water resource development and management among the 14 member states. (Image: lccdnet.org)
The SADC water division is holding the SADC water week in the first week of June across the 14 SADC countries to gather inputs for the formulation of the fourth phase of the Regional Water Programme known as the Regional Strategic and Action Plan (RSAP IV) on Integrated Water Resources Management and Development.
In Mauritius, the SADC water week is being held from 3 to 5 June 2015 at the Voila Hotel in Bagatelle upon the initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa office.
The main goal of the SADC water week is to support SADC to implement a platform to interact with member states on water resource management strategic issues, with the expected outcome being the RSAP IV, which is expected to update the RSAP III.
The SADC water programme has been implemented in phases extending over five-year periods, where the first phase of RSAP commenced in 1999 and ended in 2004; the second phase was implemented from 2005 to 2010; while the third phase is running from 2011 to 2015.
Held under the theme “From Vision to Action”, the SADC Water Week will be a three-day event. Two parallel sessions comprising a media training and a youth forum will be held on the first day, followed by the main workshop. The latter will be attended by stakeholders from water resource management and other relevant sectors, who will focus on mapping the strategic direction of the RSAP IV.
In parallel, the SADC Water Week will sensitise journalists to report on water issues as well as empower the youth to participate in water programmes and development through media and youth workshops. These events will serve as an opportunity to explore national and regional water issues and challenges and will provide participants with practical tools on water, climate and environment reporting.
Finally, the RSAP programmes have laid a solid foundation for integrated water resources management and development including a strong base for improving the development of much needed water infrastructure in the region. The SADC Regional Water Programme helps to build a cooperative spirit on trans-boundary water resource development and management among the 14 member States.