Kigali, 20th January 2016: The Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Programme organized a one-day meeting with officials from partner ministries to discuss the programme’s key documents and future activities that will promote the IWRM approach.
Representatives from the partner ministries of local government, disaster management, finance and economic planning, infrastructure, as well as those from the agriculture ministry attended as focal points to the programme.
The IWRM Programme was established through an MoU between the Government of Rwanda and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in May, last year. This programme aims at supporting policy improvement, institutional strengthening, capacity building and implementation of key investments in sustainable water resources development.
The programme directly supports the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Speaking at the one-day meeting, the Deputy Director General of the Water Department in the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority, Vincent de Paul Kabalisa noted that this meeting serves as a platform to share ideas on how best institutions can collaborate to promote IWRM.
“In this meeting, we will be able to discuss the inception report and work plan of the IWRM programme. Your participation and input to these documents is very key since we aim at advancing the IWRM approach,” he noted.
The Team Leader of the IWRM Programme, Coenraad Voorhuis added that in collaboration with MINIRENA, the programme will do a number of studies and investment projects in line with IWRM. Discussions were centered on ensuring community participation in implantation of the programme’s activities.
Officials also commended the programme’s planned activities citing that there is need to involve research and academic institutions in the knowledge management platform and that planned projects should be in line with performance contracts of districts.The IWRM programme works in the four catchments of Sebeya, Muvumba, Nyabugogo, Upper Nyabarongo.