From 20th- 21st March 2018, water resources management best practices were exhibited at University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology, in Kigali. The exhibition was prepared in the aim to commemorate the World Water Day 2018, International Forest Day and World Meteorological Day. In fact, the Water Week was dedicated to raise awareness on different aspects of water resources and forestry management, water supply as well as meteorological services.
Showcasing of advanced technologies for water resources management and solutions to solve water use efficiency issue was the aim of the exhibition on water best practices.
The exhibition was combined with an integrated water resources management conference at the same venue and were jointly hosted by the Ministry of Environment and University of Rwanda/College of Science and Technology. Both activities were supported by various stakeholders, including Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority, Water for Growth Rwanda, Trocaire, Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO/UNESCO-IHP/Rwanda, BRALIRWA Ltd, among others.
The conference brought together officials, water professionals, academics and students to share knowledge and experience on sustainable management as well as development of Rwanda’s water sector. The conference under the theme “Catchment planning and degraded watershed restoration” highlighted the need to invest in catchments protection for a water secure Rwanda.
The conference adopted also the global theme of World Water Day 2018 “Nature for Water” with purpose to encourage speakers and participants to explore how we can use nature to overcome the current water challenges, including floods and drought, water pollution, climate change impacts on water resources, among others.
Participants to the conference have been able to realize and discuss on how Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach is being implemented and its importance in addressing a wide range of water resources management issues in Rwanda. The conference technical sessions focused on key topics associated with implementing IWRM such as catchment planning, flood management, water quality, water allocation, ecosystem services, and more.
About twenty-one (21) different organizations operating in water sector (water resources management, irrigation, drinking water, rain water harvesting, etc), including public institutions, NGOs and private companies have exhibited their products and services including advanced technology of water treatment, waste water management; water use efficiency; water storage products; water resources monitoring as well as water related infrastructures.