African Water Week to include dams, hydropower

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are to sponsor the first African Water Week, March 26-28, 2008, in Tunis.

Under the theme Accelerating the Water Security for Socio-economic Development of Africa, the gathering is to create a forum for African water sector professionals, stakeholders, and partners to discuss the opportunities and challenges of achieving water security. Participants are to formulate concrete policies, strategies, and actions to accelerate water resource development and provision of services, taking into account climate change.

AMCOW and AfDB said the theme is in line with the 2004 Sirte Declaration of African heads of government, which identified achieving water security as a priority deserving significant investments in infrastructure such as storage dams, water harvesting, irrigation, and hydropower structures.

Meeting in Brazzaville, Congo Republic, in May, AMCOW decided to institutionalize the African Water Week, with the first event to be sponsored by AfDB in Tunis, the bank’s headquarters city.

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