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Background and Justification
Sustainable water solutions, whether at the local, regional and global levels, require creativity, new in scientific knowledge, discoveries and innovations through strong scientific cooperation. Innovation geared towards sustainable development has the potential to lift economic growth, create green jobs, and boost inclusive social development while at the same time contributing advances to water protection and conservation.

The Science, on which solutions to the present and future global water management problems fall, is truly multidisciplinary and inherently interdisciplinary. It also embodies the fundamental physical and biological sciences as well as applications of those sciences and substantial contributions from the engineering sciences, management sciences (including economics), law, hydrology, climatology, and hydrogeology. However, there is the need to address a host of institutional, policy and management issues which have been largely neglected in recent decades. Significant scientific information is already available, but much more is required in the near future in terms of technological advances, improvement in climate modeling and forecasting, and developments in ecosystem and sustainability science.

New and innovative contributions will be needed from all of the social sciences. These contributions are critical for understanding water-use behaviour and for devising effective institutions to manage water in times of intense scarcity. On the other hand, providing solutions to the current global water challenges require upscaling of existing local approaches and knowledge of the inter-relations amongst: environmental conditions; the state of waters; and water management instruments and techniques at the local, national and regional levels. However and very importantly, there is the need to reinforce and enhance scientific collaborations in the existing water management networks in the region.

From the foregoing, and to further strengthen the South-South cooperation on water security between Asia and the Pacific and Africa, a workshop titled “Inter-Regional Workshop on South-South Cooperation for Upscaling Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Ecohydrology as Tools for Achieving Water security in Africa” is proposed to be held in Abuja-Nigeria from 24th – 26th January, 2017.

The workshop is supported by the Malaysian Funds-in-Trust and a collaborative effort of the Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, the UNESCO Category 2 Regional Centre for Integrated River Basin Management (RC-IRBM), UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office, Abuja and the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI). The workshop will use Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) and Ecohydrology as tools for delivering Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and up-scale the existing approaches in water management with scientific collaborations and tools to support, design and implement IWRM and Ecohydrology strategies and policies for sustainable water resources management in Africa.

This Inter-Regional Workshop will bring together Experts, Water Resources Practitioners, Managers, Policy Makers, Scientists, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), Indigenous and Community Organizations from Asia and the Pacific and Africa to share knowledge and collaborate on innovative ideas that can improve the sustainable management of water resources in Africa.

The main objective of this workshop is to strengthen south-south cooperation in providing solutions to current global challenges by upscaling existing local approaches in IWRM for water security in Africa

The specific objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. Provide enhanced insight on modern approaches to implementing IWRM and how HELP and Ecohydrology can be used as practical tools for delivering IWRM in Africa;
  2. Create awareness on upscaling existing local approaches and knowledge of the interrelationships between water and environment to reinforce and enhance understanding of IWRM and Ecohydrology;
  3. Create platform for participants to freely interact with one another, exchange scientific knowledge and experiences on practical innovations for implementing IWRM; and
  4. Strengthen south-south cooperation on water management and water security between the two regions

Programme Agenda

Day 1: 24 January 2017
Day/Session Programme Agenda Resource Person
Session 1-Opening Ceremony   Welcome Address Executive Director NWRI – Dr E. A. ADANU
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Welcome Remarks Regional Director and Representative, UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office, Abuja – Dr Benoit SOSSOU
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Keynote Address Director, UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific – Professor Shahbaz KHAN
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 Key Remarks H. E. High Commissioner of Malaysia – Datuk Lim Juan Jin [ Download ]
Address by the Special Guest of Honour/Official Opening of the Workshop The Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria – Engr. Suleiman Hussaini ADAMU FNSE
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Presentation of IWRM book to Guest of Honour + Group Photo Session
Overview of the Concept of the Workshop/ Workshop Agenda Head, RC-IRBM – Dr Omogbemi O YAYA
Session 2 – Case Study from Asia Pacific UNESCO Regional Water activities in Asia and the Pacific Dr. Ai SUGIURA (SKYPE)
Performance Evaluation of the Integrated Sustainable Eco-technologies for Waste Water Treatment – A case Study  Prof. Dr. Hamza GABRIEL
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Lessons learned from Implementations of Eco- hydrology approach in Indonesia Prof. Hidayat PAWITAN
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Scientific Collaborations and Tools to Support in Design, Implement, IWRM, Ecohydrology and Policies in Malaysia Dr. Norlida Mohd. DOM
Watershed Water Vision :  A Way Forward for Sustainable Water Resources Management in Langat River Basin, Malaysia Prof. Dr. Mohd. Ekhwan TORIMAN
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Cape VerdeVulnerability and Risk of Pollution of Underground Waters in the Island of Santiago Antonio Pedro SAID ALY DE PINA
 Cote d’Ivoire – Gestion Integree Des Ressources en Eau En Cote D’Ivoire: Etat Des Lieux Toure BASSALIA
Ghana – Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management in Ghana – The case of the Densu River Basin Dr Ronald Kwabena ABRAHAMS
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Guinea – Etat D’Advancement de la Gire en Guinee  Mariama Dalanda DIALLO
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 Session 4 – Case Study from West Africa (continued) Liberia – Integrated water management in Liberia Shadrach Toteh WOLO
Mali – Presentation Programme Confoint a’la Gestion des Resources eu Eau Mouhamed Oumar CISSE
Nigeria The Challenges of Institutionalising IWRM in Nigeria Lawal Kola MAROOF
Sierra Leone – Water Resources Management-A Case Study of Rokel River Basin in Sierra Leone Mohamed Sahr E. JUANAH
Togo – Etat Des Lieux De La Gire Au Togo: Enjeux et Perspectives Rachid BARRY
Session 5 – Case Studies from Regional River Basin Organisations (RRBOs) Niger Basin Authority (NBA) – Experience of the ABN in IWRM and consideration of water ecosystem interactions  Jean Abdias COMPAORE
Organization pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Gambie (OMVG)Experiences de I’OMVG dans la gestion des eaux transfrontalires (Experiences of OMVG in the Management of Trans-boundary waters. Nassirou Condetto TOURE
Organization pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal (OMVS)Un Execellent Carde de Gestion Intergree de Ressoures en Eau Transfrontelleries, de manniere Cooperatie et Pacifique (Guinee – Mali – Mauritanie – Senegal) Mr. Alpha Oumar BALDE
Volta Basin Authority (VBA)Local Policies as a Tools for the Integrated Water Resources

Management in the Volta Basin: Case of Ghana, Togo and Benin Countries Portions.

Dr. Rafatou FOFANA
 Session 6 – Water Related Centres in Africa  African Regional Centre for Ecohydrology – Nature Based Solution to addressing water ecosystem challenges, the adverse effects of climate change and economic development in Ethiopia Mr. Yohannes Zerihun NEGUSSIE
ECOWAS Water Resources Coordination Centre – Le processus regional de gestion integree des resources en eau en Afrique de l’Ouest: cadre de mise en oeuvre, bilan.

(The regional process of integrated water resources management in West Africa: Implementation framework, assessment, challenges and prospects)

Mr. Mahamane Dedeou TOURE
East African Case Study – Contribution of South-South Cooperation to Africa Water Upscaling with respect to Sudan Experience Prof. Dr. Abdalla Abdelsalam AHMED
Foundation for the Conservation of Nigerian Rivers

Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in River Ethiopia Watershed: IWRM at river basin level-Achievements, Challenges, Lessons and Way forward.

Prince Irikefe V. DAFE