igadA five- day workshop aimed at equipping East African member states water experts in integrated water resources management was opened here Monday.

Water, Irrigation, and Energy State Minister Kebede Gerba said integrated water resources management resources is key to minimize the impact of drought in the East African sub- region resulting from climate change.

The development of water requires an integrated water resources management as a key tool to sustainable and equitable utilization of the resources under the emerging pressure of pervasive poverty, rapid population and climate change, Kebede added.

Ugandan Commissioner for Water Resources Planning and Regulation and Capacity Building Coordinator in the Nile Basin (Nile IWRM Net), Dr. Callist Tindimugaya, stated on his part that the workshop focuses on how to apply integrated water resources management and harmonizing each respective member countries water resource policies in order to jointly address climate driven droughts in the IGAD/Nile region.

“Each member state has the policy to address the challenges” Tindimugaya said, adding “ IGAD countries will look at how to update these water policies to address the issues of integrated water resource and drought risk management.”

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy along with partners such as the Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa (GWPEA), Capacity Building Network for Institute of Water Resources Management (Cap-Net), and Water and Land Resource for Ethiopian Country Water Partnership (WLRC).

It is attended by 30 participants from various institutions within IGAD/Nile region working in the area of water, climate change and disaster management.

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