23.04.2012 -

Geo-UNESCO Joint Workshop on Earth Observation and Capacity Development for Integrated Water Resources Management at River Basins in Africa. 12-16 January 2012.

UNESCO with the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) organized a workshop on Capacity Development for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) of River Basins in Africa. 

The main objectives of the training workshop was to create sound understanding of dynamic process of IWRM including IWRM ; familiarize good examples of IWRM in Africa and Asia; recognize existing gaps among enabling environment, capacity for IWRM in river basins, and  draft strategy for capacity development of IWRM in Africa.

The Workshop opened with a two and half-day session on the African Water Cycle Coordination Initiative (AfWCCI) and a followu-up event to the 2nd African Water Cycle Symposium, held in Addis Ababa in February 2011, which recognized the need for enhanced cooperation among the various initiatives and programs across Africa addressing water-related issues.

The session developed plans for a series of demonstration projects in large trans-boundary river basins that illustrate the benefits of coordination and of advanced approaches to data integration.  The Workshop then proceeded for another two-day training session on capacity development for IWRM. This session served as the African launch of the IWRM Guidelines at River Basin Level Initiative of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP).   On the last day the workshop had a half-day field trip to a river site in Naivasha to study the challenges facing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).


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