Jan 31, 2020, 12:52 PM
The ECOWAS Commission yesterday reviewed the West African Water Resources Policy (WAWRP) at a daylong interaction workshop held at the Atlantic Hotel in
The workshop was held to let the commission update national stakeholders in the water sector on the WAWRP.
Amadou Saine, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, deputising Minster Lamin Kaba Bajo, said that during the last two decades, the need for new approaches to the assessment, development and management of fresh water resource has taken the spotlight at various global meetings.
The permanent secretary said the international conference on water and the environment (ICWE) held in Dublin in January 1992, after reviewing the evidence, called for new fundamental approaches to the assessment, development and management of freshwater resource.
"The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in
According to him, over the past decade, a number of West African countries including the
"Most recently, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government adopted the West African Water Resource Policy as a general framework and guidance for cooperation between ECOWAS Member States in the field of water resources," he said.
He commended the members of the National Climate Committee for their commitment and sense of purpose in implementing the project.
The occasion was chaired by the director of water resources, Pa Ousman Jarjue, and participants were drawn within and outside the country.