Ethiopia Develops Master Plan For Water Use

ADDIS ABAB, Sept 20 (BERNAMA- NNN-ENA) — A development master plan to ensure equitable utilisation as well as conservation of eight main basins in Ethiopia has been finalised, says Water and Energy State Minister Wondimu Tekle.

Addressing a training course here on Monday, he said water-based socio-economic activities would be undertaken to achieve the country’s Growth and Transformation Plan. Capacity-building and sharing of best practices among countries on water resource management is significant to development, he noted.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) deputy director for Ethioopia Getachew Engida said sustainable water resource management plays a pivotal role to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He said the training would help fill the gap between co-ordinated water resource management, related research and policies.

He added that the training would focus on administration of cross-border rivers, co-ordinated water resource management and coping with effects of climate change.

Some 30 participants drawn from Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Sudan, Uganda and Nigeria are taking part in the six-day training programme co-organised by the Ministry of Water and Energy, Addis Ababa University and the Unesco International Hydrological Programme.

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