Regional Training on Applying Integrated Water Resource Management Tools for Drought Risk Management – 15 to 19 June 2015.

The Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa (GWPEA), International Network for Capacity Developent in Sustainable Water Management (Cap-Net UNDP) through Nile IWRM Net, and the Water and Land Resource Center (WLRC) organised a training on ‘Applying Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Tools for Drought Risk Management’ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 15 to 19 June 2015. The aim of the training was to strengthen the capacity of water and climate professionals in the Horn of Africa (HOA) region on drought disaster risk management, IWRM approach and the need for timely responses to forecasted climate-related risks. The training was officially opened by the Ethiopian State Minister for Water, Energy and Irrigation- H.E Kebede Gerba. The Minister noted that water resources in the region are facing pressure due to the increasing human population and poverty as well as climate change. He indicated that development of water in the HOA region would benefit from IWRM approaches and lead to sustainable and equitable utilization of the resource.

This pilot course was attended by a total of 30 participants working in the field of water, agriculture, climate change, and disaster management. The training has also provided opportunities for more interactive exchange of ideas and experiences among the participants. A one-day field visit program took place at the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley area, specifically to Lake Ziway, which provided the participants an opportunity to learn and share lessons on IWRM practices on the ground. Participants agreed on follow-up actions that included development of a five-year capacity building program on drought resilience in the HOA/Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region. The program that will be developed is expected to attract more partners to join hands in building capacity to address drought disasters in the HOA/IGAD region. For further information, contact Regional Coordinator, Nile IWRM-Net, Dr. Callist Tindimugaya.

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