On 26-27 September 2018, UNESCO’s water family (the UNESCO Khartoum office, UNESCO Category II Regional Centre for Water Harvesting (RCWH), UNESCO International Hydrology Programme (IHP) from Paris) together with the G-WADI Secretariat, Sudanese Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWR) and National Commission for Education, Science and Culture (NATCOM) organized an International Seminar on Rainwater Harvesting Techniques – Towards Effective Adaptation Strategies – in Coral Hotel, Khartoum, Sudan. The seminar attended by more than 50 water professionals from 12 countries including managers, experts, academics and scientists.
The opening session was honoured by H.E. Dr. Omer Mustafa Abu Al Gasim, the State Minister and Director of Dams Implementation Unit in the MoWR, H.E. Dr. Pavel Kroupkine, the UNESCO Representative to Sudan, Prof. Abdin Salih, the Member of UNESCO Executive Board, Mr. Hatim Ali Al Badri, the Director of the RCWH and Amb. Dr. Mary Khimulu, the Director of the Regional Centre for Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research for East Africa, Kenia. In his speech, H.E Dr. Omer Mustafa Abu Al Gasim, expressed the Ministry of Water Resources satisfaction by the partnership with UNESCO and he also provided highlight on Zero Thirst Project to supply water for all population by 2020, with current 40% progress. In addition to this, H.E. Dr. Pavel Kroupkine, the UNESCO Representative to Sudan, Mr. Hatim Ali Al Badri, the Director of the RCWH, Prof. Abdin Salih, the Member of UNESCO Executive Board, Dr. Abdul-Aziz Zaki from UNESCO Cairo Office, and Dr. William Logan, from G-WADI Global Secretariat warmly welcomed the participants and wished them productive working.
After the opening session, the Directors of the Category II UNESCO Centres signed Memorandum of Understanding between Regional Center for water Harvesting, Sudan, and Regional Centre for Groundwater Resources Education, Training and Research for East Africa, Kenia, strengthening the South-South Cooperation in Africa.
Then, during six technical sessions, the distinguished water professionals from Sudan, Egypt, Tunis, Ethiopia, Kenia, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Pakistan, India, USA and Serbia made a very productive exchange within the sub-themes:
* Water Harvesting and G-WADI in the Global, Asian and Arab contexts
* Experiences with Rainwater Harvesting Techniques: Problems, Solutions and Best Practices
* Water Harvesting as Adaptation Tools to Climate Change
* Policies for Rainwater Harvesting: Gaps and Opportunities
* Water Harvesting Policies and Advanced Techniques
* Advanced Tools for Assessment and Management of Water Harvesting (models, remote sensing)
The closing session led by Prof. Abdin Salih, Dr. William Logan, Dr. Abdelaziz Zaki, Amb. Mary Khimulu and Mr. Hatim Al Badri started with discussion on two-years programme for G-WADI: Africa on Water Harvesting Techniques in the Region. Then, the participants confirmed the importance of strengthening international networks for G-WADI as well as for Water Harvesting, and agreed to contribute to the publication based on the seminar presentations and discussions.