The ten member states of the Nile Basin Initiative have committed to continued cooperation to ensure that all people living in the basin have water security. The commitment came after three days of vibrant discussions between more than 400 participants from member states and across the world at the fifth Nile Basin Development Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.
By 2050, the population of the Nile Basin countries is projected to more than double from around 400 million to one billion. This, along with changes in the climate and the desired socio-economic transformation, will put even greater pressure on Nile Basin water resources. In response, member states have agreed to ensure water plays its rightful role as a foundation for development in the NIle Basin - as an input for increased food and energy production as well as industrial and domestic use.
Closing the forum, Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, said: “The recommendations agreed here in Kigali will certainly inform the regional and national agendas for water resources management and development for the coming years. I am also glad that the recommendations mirror the Nile Basin Initiative ten-year strategy and its aspirations.”
The Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat Executive Director, Eng. Innocent Ntabana, said that the technical solutions are available to achieve the objective of water security in the basin.
“I urge member states to take advantage of the solution pathways that have emerged from this forum and build on the networks established. We all have a role to play in ensuring a water secure future in the Nile Basin region and making it a better place for all living beings,” he said.
The fifth Nile Basin Development Forum held from October 23 - 25, 2017 was supported by the Government of Rwanda, the Federal Republic of Germany, the World Bank and Cooperation in International Waters in Africa.
The forum also included a number of side events to raise awareness of the latest trends in integrated water resources management and acknowledge the media’s contribution to a prosperous Nile Basin. On the first day of the forum,16 journalists who have supported the development of the Basin were recognised at the 2017 Nile Media Awards. The forum also featured an exhibition at which a range of water-related organisations shared their innovations and policy solutions.
The 6th Nile Basin Development Forum will take place in Ethiopia in 2019.
About the Nile Basin Development Forum The forum is a biennial science-policy dialogue held since 2006 that brings together stakeholders from across the Basin and around the world to build consensus on the Nile cooperation agenda and the way forward for the sustainable development and management of the Nile Basin.
Resources ● Visit nbdf.nilebasin.org for more information and resources on the forum. ● The Forum Discussion Summary is attached.
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and with credit to the ‘Nile Basin Initiative' here ● Closing remarks by Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda are available here
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KIGALI, Rwanda – Water experts from the Nile Basin and all over the world have converged in Kigali for a three-day Forum to discuss how to improve cooperation for the sustainable management of the Nile Basin water resources. The Forum, on the theme “Investing in Nile Cooperation for a Water Secure Future”, has attracted more than 400 participants.
Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Hon. Vincent Biruta while officiating at the opening ceremony, noted that “…water security is one of the key challenges of our time and we need to work together to manage this precious and shared resource”. He appreciated the key role played by the Nile Basin Initiative in providing a platform for cooperation and facilitating joint action on the management and development of shared water resources.
The Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat, Eng. Innocent Ntabana, said that while the challenge of water security is rife in the Nile Basin and it is growing, there are a wide range of options available to Nile Basin States seeking to meet these growing demands by investing in cooperative solutions to managing water resources in an integrated and equitable manner.
Eng. Ntabana revealed that one of the six goals of the Nile Basin Initiative 10-year Strategy 2017 – 2027, is enhancing availability and sustainable management of the transboundary Nile water resources.
The 5th NBDF is attended by Ministers in charge of Water Affairs and other government officials in Nile Basin countries, Members of Parliament, Water experts, Environmentalists and Economists. Others are Academia, Researchers, River Basins Organizations, Development partners, Civil society, Private sector and Media.
The NBDF is a science-policy dialogue organised every 2-3 years by the Nile Basin Initiative. It provides a platform for deliberations on Nile Basin water resources issues among policy makers, academia, civil society and other Nile Basin stakeholders.
The overall objective of the NBDF is to build a common understanding among a broad spectrum of stakeholders on key agenda and way forward for the sustainable development and management of the Nile Basin.
KIGALI, Rwanda – The Nile Basin Initiative, in partnership with seven organisations, has rewarded 12 journalists from the Nile Basin Initiative Member States for excellence in reporting about the Nile Basin and Nile cooperation issues.
The awards ceremony held on the first day of the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum in Kigali, Rwanda were organised in five categories namely; print, digital, radio, television and photography. However, entries in the latter category did not conform to the rules.
Digital 1st – Bassem Abo Alabass (Egypt) 2nd – Mabior Philip Nuer (South Sudan) 3rd – Henry Lutaaya (Uganda)
Radio 1st – Michael Wambi (Uganda) 2nd – Claver Hakizimana (Burundi) 3rd – Jean Paul Mbarushimana (Rwanda)
Television 1st – Simon Mugisha (Uganda) 2nd – Fabien Niyonizigiye (Burundi)
Prizes included research grants, training opportunities, media gadgets as well as made-in-Rwanda gift baskets from partners including German government, GIZ, Nile Basin Discourse, Media in Cooperation and Transition, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Deutsche Welle, Africa Water Journalists and Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa.
The Nile Media Awards is a biennial event organised by the Nile Basin Initiative with support from the German government.