ECCAS Water Policy Development

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Presentation at the Consulting Partners meeting on Water Policy Development in ECCAS by Network Officer Aurélie Vitry

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ECCAS Water Policy Development

  1. 1. Development of a Central African Regional Water Policy Chi Christopher Tamu (Coordinator) Consulting Partners Meeting (15 August 2009)
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Need for ECCAS to close existing gap </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of official water policy document </li></ul><ul><li>Build coherence from NEPAD and AMCOW initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Need for a harmonious development towards economic goals </li></ul><ul><li>Firm basis for the management of shared waters </li></ul><ul><li>Water demands out of ECCAS region </li></ul><ul><li>Legal frameworks: International, African and regional conventions and engagements. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Development process <ul><li>Diagnostic analysis of the water sector </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Formulation of objectives/principles </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing up of strategic policy orientations </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of strategic interventions on cross-sectoral issues </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing up of an action plan for implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Main Objectives <ul><li>Water for all, water by all! </li></ul><ul><li>To satisfy ever growing demands for potable water and sanitation in a sustainable manner </li></ul><ul><li>To effectively develop water resources for economic gains </li></ul><ul><li>To effectively manage aquatic ecosystems for the benefit of the region </li></ul><ul><li>To improve upon water management frameworks and water governance </li></ul>
  5. 5. The role of GWP-CAf <ul><li>Preliminary situation analysis of the water sector; </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of a regional authority (ECCAS); </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings with ECCAS to promote IWRM; </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with UCC-Water, workshops; </li></ul><ul><li>With financing by UNEP's IWRM programme, GWP-CAf elaborated a regional water policy and an institutional framework for its implementation; </li></ul><ul><li>GWP-CAf has done part of the reviewing process towards adoption; </li></ul><ul><li>Funding request (African Water Facility to finance the implementation of the policy). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Priority actions <ul><li>Activities would be geared towards meeting potable water needs </li></ul><ul><li>Developing water resources for irrigated agriculture , livestock and fisheries </li></ul><ul><li>Developing water resources for economic purposes including industry, energy, transport and tourism development </li></ul>
  7. 7. Implementation <ul><li>Experts met in December 2007 and in March 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Validation by Ministers in charge of water in April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional framework (within ECCAS) for implementation is being finalized </li></ul><ul><li>Heads of States to adopt in October 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation project elaborated </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluated by AfWF of the AfDB </li></ul><ul><li>Total cost: 2.3 million Euros, to be contributed by AfWF, NEPAD and ECCAS </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation as from November 2009 </li></ul>
  8. 8. THANK YOU

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