Djibouti, 20-10-2014: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in partnership with the Djibouti Ministry of Agriculture, Water, Fisheries, and Livestock, today organized a dissemination workshop on the potential of the technologies for collecting surface water at Acacia Hotel-Djibouti. This workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Mohamed Moussa, Director of IGAD Agriculture and Environment Division in his capacity as Official in Charge of IGAD, along with Mr. Ismael Elmi, Technical Advisor to the Djibouti Minister of Agriculture, with facilitation from Mr. Daher Elmi, Programme Manager Natural Resources-IGAD in charge of the Inland Water Resources Management Program (INWRMP).
The workshop was organized within the framework of the Inland Water Resources Management Program (INWRMP) which is funded by the European Union and implemented by IGAD. It focused on the dissemination of a work of reflection led by specialists from various backgrounds on rainwater harvesting in the Republic of Djibouti.
This workshop was aimed at sharing experiences of different actors involved in the management of water resources in Djibouti with particular emphasis on technologies for collecting surface water. The workshop aimed at identifying the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of these technologies that are an alternative for sustainable management of water resources for agro-pastoral communities. In parallel, the workshop was an opportunity to connect the different actors involved in the implementation of technologies for surface water collection in the country.
Mr. Mohamed Moussa thanked the Djibouti Ministry of Agriculture for partnering with IGAD on the regional Initiative for resilience against drought and the support provided to IGAD projects at large. He also highlighted the financial support provide by the European Union to the INWRMP. “IGAD set up INWRMP in order to promote regional cooperation in the domain of water management”, he said.
Mr. ismael Elmi, sitting for the Djibouti Minister of Agriculture, declared the workshop open after welcoming the participants and reminding them how key was water management for the government of Djibouti.
Different technologies that are an alternative for sustainable management of water resources for agro-pastoral community were reviewed as part of the workshop in order to reap the benefits already approved in other parts of Africa.
In addition to the listed consultation, this day will be an opportunity to gather and connect the different actors involved in the implementation of technologies for collecting rain water in the country.
The Inland Water Resources Management Program (INWRMP) of IGAD, funded by the European Union, aims at strengthening national and regional capacities in the field of water resources management and the development of regional dialogue water and cooperation for sustainable management of water resources management in the Greater Horn of Africa.