09.11.2011 -

Kenya National Consultation for the Groundwater Resources Exploration and Capacity-building to Combat Drought in the Horn of Africa Workshop. 9-10 November 2011, Nairobi, Kenya.

Access to clean water is one of the key challenges facing humanitarian agencies within the different refugees camps. In consultation with the different countries and the IGAD secretariat, UNESCO has been mobilizing partners to address sustainably of water scarcity issue in the region. It is against this background that the Government of Kenya organized in cooperation with UNESCO Nairobi Office, a national consultation for the identification of groundwater resources in the stricken by famine and drought areas near the refugee camps, in order to provide sustainable solutions to overcome the humanitarian need and to move towards sustainable development of the Region.  The consultation took place from 9 to 10 November 2011, at LAICO regency Hotel.  Over forty participants drawn from the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Ministry of Special Programmes, IGAD, USAID, FAO, Japan Embassy, UNEP, University of Nairobi, Kenya Water Institute were invited

The proposed workshop aimed to present an innovative way of identifying groundwater resources to be used sustainably not only for alleviating the current situation at the refugee camps but to help the regional development in a sustainable manner.  It further aimed at bringing together all actors at the region in order to cooperate in the domain of water resources management and supply and provide solutions for the Ethiopian and refugee communities in the area.

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