Rwanda joined the rest of the world in marking World Water Day 2018, whose theme was “Nature for Water”. The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with various stakeholders, hosted a conference on Integrated Water Resources Management. CYNESA Rwanda Country Director, Benoit Musabyimana, participated in the event, which was officially opened by Rwanda’s Environment Minister, Dr. Vincent Biruta. In his remarks, Dr. Biruta called on participants to actively work towards water conservation and to protect natural resources.
The conference brought together officials, water professionals, academics and students to share knowledge and experience on sustainable management and development of Rwanda’s water sector. The conference embraced a scientific theme “Catchment planning and degraded watershed restoration” highlighting the need to invest in catchment protection for a water secure Rwanda. Adopting the global theme of World Water Day 2018 “Nature for Water” the conference sought to encourage participants to explore how we can use nature to overcome the current water challenges, including floods and drought, water pollution, climate change impacts on water resources, among others.
Presentations and discussions at the conference focused on how Integrated Water Resources Management is being implemented and its importance in addressing a wide range of water resources management issues in Rwanda. Six technical sessions on topics associated with implementing the Integrated Water Resources Management, including: catchment planning, flood management, water quality, water allocation, ecosystem services and more were discussed.
Written by Benoit MUSABYIMANA