Khartoum 1-2022 (SUNA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in cooperation with member states and development partners, will hold the second Water Forum to be held in Entebbe, Uganda from 25 to 27 of current January under the theme (Groundwater for Resilience).

The IGAD Department of Agriculture and Environment will organize the 2nd water forum to discuss the axes of groundwater for peace and stability, groundwater for climate change and resilience to drought, groundwater for social and economic development, innovation in groundwater financing and technological development, and capacity building in groundwater.

The forum provides the opportunity for the IGAD countries, stakeholders, the private sector and development partners to discuss groundwater and its role in the region’s  sustainable development, as well as providing an opportunity for the support of the projects and programs related to running and planned water, and providing means for policy makers, technical experts, private sector actors and civil society organizations, and others to contribute to the development of the IGAD program for groundwater in line with the mandate and the overall strategy of the authority,  as well as presenting new investment opportunities and innovations in the development and management of groundwater.

The program of the IGAD 2nd Water Forum includes the participation of key speakers from the authority member states, academic and research institutions, civil society organizations, the private sector, other regional economic groups, and the development partners with a training session for young professionals.

It is worth noting that the first water forum was organized by the IGAD Inland Water Resources Department in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2014, in the presence of nearly 500 representatives of water sectors in seven of the authority country members.

 The Nairobi forum has focused on the urgent need for regional cooperation in the management of water resources, and highlighted the need to enhance dialogue and understanding, increasing cooperation in all water management programs, engaging development partners in these initiatives as well as building consensus on regional water management.

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