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Ghana and Togo sign project agreement to bring drinking water to Lomé and Ghana’s coastal communities

The governments of Ghana and Togo signed on 12 December 2014 a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of an African Water Facility -supported pipeline to bring drinking water from the lower Volta River in Ghana to the city of Lomé in Togo and the Ghanaian communities along the water transfer route. The AWF has offered a €1.4 million grant to Ghana to support the technical, legal and financial preparation of the Public- Private Partnership (PPP) project.

In addition to AWF support, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) is providing a € 0.7 million grant to help prepare the project. The signing of the MoU in Lomé has paved the way forthe launch of the project development studies, including a feasibility study as well as a social and environmental impact assessment, and the provision of a transaction advisory service. The MoU sets out roles and responsibilities between the two countries in the organisation and implementation of the project.

30th Anniversary
IWMI 1985-2015: Three decades of achievement

30th AnniversaryThe International Water Management Institute is celebrating thirty years of delivering research excellence throughout 2015. During the last three decades new ways of collecting, distributing and managing water have continually influenced our scientists’ work.

Technological advances in satellite imaging, computer modelling and data analysis are transforming our cross disciplinary studies, delivering cutting edge solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Underpinning our approach is a continuing commitment to poverty alleviation, social inclusion and sustainable natural resource management. Recognized as a world leader in water management science, IWMI’s unique experience will enable it to contribute to the success of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which will be finalized in 2015.

Global Temperatures Soar, UN says

World Meteorological Organization’s analysis narrowly places 2014 as the hottest recorded since 1850, as global warming continues

Global Temperatures Soar UN saysFourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, according to the UN World Meteorlogical Organization , as rising carbon emissions continue to trap heat and drive climate change.

The WMO’s new analysis narrowly places 2014 as the hottest recorded since 1850, as have recent analyses from other organizations. The WMO analysis is particularly authoritative as it brings together a number of leading temperature records, as well as alternative ways of estimating the warmth of the globe.

Energy and Waters Sector Strengthened

João Baptista BorgesJoão Baptista BorgesLuanda — The minister of Energy and Waters, João Baptista Borges, recently guaranteed that the water sector has been reinforced with a view to fulfilling the goals of the Executive in the ambit of the National Development Plan.

The government official said when delivering a speech at the public presentation of the “General plan for the integrated utilization of hydric resources from the Okavango hydrographic basin”, having stressed that with the recent approval of the regulation on the utilization of water resources and the presentation of new plans regarding the basin, the sector is more reinforced in terms of institutional mechanisms, with a view to materializing the objectives.

Ethiopia’s Millennium Dam: Science and controversy

Courtesy of EEPCoCourtesy of EEPCoThe Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, also known as the Millennium Dam, is set to play a pivotal role in the landscape of energy supply in Africa.

The dam is due to be completed in 2017 and is being built in the region of Benishangul–Gumuz near the eastern border with Sudan. Once finished, it will power Ethiopia and provideabundant energy to the neighbouring countries, enabling industrial development and strengthening Africa’s energy independence.




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