Nile Basin Member States to Boost Cooperation for Water Security

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.

● Photos are available for free use with credit to ‘Ministry of Environment - Rwanda' here and with credit to the ‘Nile Basin Initiative' here
● Closing remarks by Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda are available here

Media Enquiries
● Josee Umubyeyi, Public Relations & Communications Officer, Ministry of Environment, on
+250 788 455 198 or at jumubyeyi@environment.gov.rw
● Elizabeth Agiro, Media Relations Expert, Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat, on +256 772 647
063 or at eagiro@nilebasin.org.