Water and Sanitation – Africa

(29th- 30th May 2014)

 

Water is critical for food security, but equally important for energy, health and human security. In an era of climate change, water security remains essential for securing a nations well-being. Although integrated approaches to Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been promoted actively for the past 20 years, the governance of water resources still remains fragmented with a continued lack of coordination at horizontal and vertical levels. This calls for sound decisions that maximize water’s beneficial uses that can be achieved through good governance based on comprehensive policies and good science, and partnerships involving stakeholders, in both public and private institutions. Whilst water issues are locally based at the watersheds, a global strategy is needed for effective management. Good governance and effective leadership coupled with concerted action are therefore essential to achieve water and food security.