Workshop The Role of Stakeholders in Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals Related to the Water Harvesting

On the 27 -28 Feb. 2018 The Regional Centre of Water Harvesting RCWH, UNESCO Khartoum office conducted a workshop “ The role of stockholders in promoting the sustainable development goals related to the water harvesting“ in  Grand holiday villa, Khartoum. More than 25 international organization, national companies and institutes in field related to the water harvesting were presented all activates in this field by oral and poster presentation on water harvesting. The workshop was honored by H.E. Mr. Muataz Musa, the minister of Water resources ,Irrigation and Electricity.

The Workshop objectives

  • Bridging the gaps between water Industry, Business, Research, Science, Technology ,Innovation practice to share knowledge and develop networks that will shape the water agenda related to water sector and to contribute most viably and proficiently on promoting the sustainable developments goals;
  • To create and strengthen the stakeholders network, by encouraging them to engage in the water professional network at the national, regional and international levels to transfer gained knowledge and experiences; and
  • To share the objectives, future plans, needs and challenges in the area of water harvesting among the stakeholders.

The endorsement  of this two days’ workshop

             

 Session 1

  • Wadi system is a potential for researches in the field of water harvesting although it is very complicated in the hydrological processes that need more research.
  • Sudan should benefit from the contribution of UN and other organizations through strengthening the coordination and collaboration between the stakeholders and the national institutions in the area of water harvesting.
  • It is recommended to link WH with artificial groundwater recharge to maximize the benefits of the harvested water resources even during the dry period.
  • To sure the sustainability of WH projects, a reliable database should be established through carrying effective monitoring programs and maintenance schedules.
  • The role of private sector should be encouraged through a well planed system of collaboration.
  • Adequate water of the seasonal that could be relied on the future management.
  • The great importance of enhancing the role of community participation in the sustainable management of water harvesting projects should not be under emphasized.

 

Session 2

  • A strong WH need for effective water harvesting information system is vital for reliable planning designing and managing WH projects.
  • Proper management system
  • Efficient coordination mechanism between all the stakeholders is essential for the sustainability of WH projects.
  • Capacity building for all stakeholders is important includes water uses.
  • Insure the application of the safe water concept in the water harvesting projects from the planning and design up to construction and operation and management.

 

Session 3

  • The ongoing national water policy should include the development of a national IWRM strategy.
  • Management at the hydrological units needs to be supported.
  • Development of state water polices and lows.
  • The future success of water harvesting and climate change projects depends on good governance of institutional agreement and supporting powers.
  • The successful implementation of projects requires the involvement of different stakeholders including local communities.

 

Key forward:

  • Establishment of a network of all stakeholders related to WH with RCWH acting as a coordinating unit.
  • Enhance the website of the RCWH to act as platform for regular communication of the network members.