Cabo Verde Trains Technicians to Water Conflict Management

City of Praia, Cabo Verde – The National Water and Sanitation Agency  organised a two days training on “Conflict Management and Resolution Mechanisms in Integrated Water Resources Management”, in the city of Praia. The event was targeting technicians and agents from the water and sanitation sector and aimed to strengthen selected institutions.

The Integrated Water Resources Management concept promotes a multi sectorial approach to water resources management that recognises all the different uses of water by different type of actors. In this context it is important to put in place conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms to minimise and resolve conflicts arising from the management and the use of water.

The climate in Cabo Verde is dry and rainfall is irregular. With an average of eleven days of rain per year, the country’s water resources are limited and constrained. In the past years the country suffered successive water crises. Faced with this problem, the Government of Cabo Verde invested in the construction of dams in order to increase available water resources, increase irrigated area and reduce poverty. The first dam, the Poilão dam, was inaugurated on the island of Santiago in 2006. Following its inauguration, great challenges for its management arrised. The model of water allocation adopted brought various types of conflicts between water users. This kind of situation highlights the need to strengthen the capacity of water managers to negotiate and put in place adequate conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms.

The training was organised under the framework framework of the Integrated Water Resources Management Project in Small Island Developing States of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is a follow-up activity to the training of trainers that took place in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2016.

The same training will also be held in Porto Novo, Santo Antão, on 23 and 24 of February 2017.

For more information about this activity,  kindly  contact: Natacha Magalhaes, Communication Officer for ANAS at ‎Natacha.Magalhaes@anas.gov.cv