Sao Tome and Principe - The Directorate General of Natural Resources and Energy (DGRNE) recently embarked on a national touring exhibition on the topic of Integrated Water Resources Management. The aim of this activity was to raise awareness about specific water related problems affecting 10 communities around the island and show how IWRM can help solve these problems. A photo exhibition based on the entries submitted to the water4islands photo contest served to illustrate the sessions.
The entries of Mahesh Kumar Aungnoo, from Mauritius, and from Carla Rebelo, from São Tomé and Príncipe, were selected as the 2 winning entries of the Water4Islands Photo Contest organised in 6 Small Islands States (Cabo Verde, Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe) to celebrate World Water Day 2017. The two winners will be given the opportunity to attend the Stockholm World Water Week from 27 August to 01 September 2017.
Quatre Borne, Mauritius - The development of guidelines for industrial effluent discharge permit was the focus of a two-day stakeholders’ consultation workshop which was held at Palms Hotel in Quatre Bornes. Some 40 participants from different ministries, relevant parastatal organisations and industrial enterprises gathered to discuss a national strategy for the industrial effluent control and environment protection.
Praia, Cabo Verde - Experts from the water, agriculture, energy and private sector met in the city of Praia for a three days national workshop on the reuse of treated wastewater in the context of climate change.
Mahe, Seychelles, 12 July 2017 - The Cabinet of Seychelles officially endorsed the very first National Water Policy for Seychelles, as well as a national integrated water resources management (IWRM) plan and the drafting of the new Water Bill. The implementation of the new Water Policy will be done through the 5 year IWRM plan and will start immediately with the drafting of a new Water Bill.
Moroni, Comoros - An Extraordinary Session of the Regional Steering Committee of the Integrated Water Resources Management in Atlantic and Indian Ocean Small Islands Developing State project was held in Retaj Hotel, Moroni, Comoros on 26 May 2017.
Moroni, Comoros - A Regional Training of Trainers on "Climate Change Adaption and Flood Management in the Context of Integrated Water Resources Management" was organised in Moroni, Comoros. Over 30 professionals from Indian and Atlantic Ocean Small Islands Developing States gathered at the Retaj Hotel from May 22 to 24, 2017, to attend the event.
Male, Maldives - The Ministry of Environment and Energy launched a new "FENFAHI" national awareness campaign to sensitise the public to better water management and sanitation practices. The initiative was unveiled at the occasion of World Water Day 2017.
São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe - In the spirit of "Integrated Water Resources Management", the Ministry of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Environment of São Tomé and Príncipe has integrated celebrations for the International Day of Forest (21 March), the World Water Day (22 March) and the World Meteorological Day (23 March) into a one week long celebration to raise awareness about the water cycle and its importance for the country.
Nairobi, Kenya - The "Water4Islands" is open to people aged between 18 and 32 coming from Cabo Verde, Comoros, Mauritius, Maldives, Sao Tome and Principe and Seychelles. It will be part of the World Water Day 2017 celebration in the 6 countries.