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IGAD Water Ministers’ Meeting Opens in Addis Ababa

IGAD Water Ministers Meeting Opens in Addis AbabaA Meeting of the Water Ministers of the member countries of the Intergovernmental Authority Development (IGAD) opened in Addis Ababa with a technical committee meeting on January 20. The Ministerial meeting followed the following day.

The Water Ministers are deliberating on water resource management and utilization in the region. The meeting is discussing a draft policy for water resource utilization and administration in the region. The draft has been under preparation for the past three years.

Impunity Runs Amok - ‘Title Deeds’ for Water Tower

Degraded Mau ComplexDegraded Mau ComplexIt is not for nothing that the Mau Forest Complex has been described by the American Wildlife Foundation as Africa’s water tower.

The AWF also identifies the complex as the largest indigenous montane forest in East Africa, a critical water catchment area that is the source of many rivers as well as 60 per cent of the water received by Lake Victoria. These rivers and the lake are lifelines for most of western Kenya’s people and wildlife.

Sasstown Chief Appeals for Latrines, Hand Pumps

Well with children in Bomi county LiberiaThe Town Chief of Sasstown, Klay District in Bomi County, Cole Sekou, is appealing to governmen t and its partners to construct hand pumps and latrines in the town to address its sanitation problem.

Town Chief Sekou said Sasstown, which is divided into five blocks, has a population of over 3,500 residents but lacks basic sanitation facilities.

Flood-hit Malawi faces aid deficit

Flood-hit Malawi faces aid deficitInternational help and pledges fall far short of the $65-million needed to deal with the disaster. UK-based churches’ global development agency Christian Aid is providing emergency assistance to deluged communities in Malawi, in the aftermath of the worst floods the country has seen in nearly two decades. More than 630,000 people have been affected, with 120,000 of these displaced by the torrential rain and flooding which hit the country’s southern districts a week ago, washing away homes, livestock, crops and roads.

AWF to help tackle rising sanitation demands in the Seychelles

AWF to help tackle rising sanitation demands in theThe African Water Facility (AWF) announced on January 19, 2015 that it has approved a €1.07-million grant for the development of an Integrated Comprehensive Sanitation Plan for the Seychelles.

The 10-year plan will follow an integrated approach, looking at the synergies with related sectors such as waste, energy, water supply and stormwater. It will also promote innovative water re-use technologies.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2