IWRM in Education in Central Africa

Posted: 2012-10-23

In October 2009 Central Africa adopted a Regional Water Policy. Within the Secretariat of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) a unit responsible for coordinating the management of water resources was created.

Now, focus has been put on the importance of establishing a culture of IWRM in Central Africa to support sustainable development. GWP Central Africa has emphasized the important role that education plays in behaviour change, and has now been asked to develop a strategy on integrating IWRM training in the educational systems of countries in the region.

The overall objective is to develop a strategy for the integration of courses on IWRM with a proposal of modules and courses related to the education systems of Central Africa. More specifically, GWP Central Africa will conduct a study which aims to:

  • Make an inventory of the training on IWRM in the educational systems of Central Africa;
  • Develop course content modules or courses on IWRM in countries of ECCAS;
  • Develop a strategy for integrating IWRM training in curricula.

On 12-13 September, a workshop on the Dublin Principles and the importance of IWRM for Central African NGOs involved in the water sector was held in Bangui, Central Africa Republic. Organized by GWP Central African Republic, the workshop brought together NGOs and national CSOs partners of GWP-RCA. The University of Bangui was also present to the workshop.
The workshop's main objective was to strengthen the capacity of CSOs and NGOs on the importance of IWRM in the socio-economic development of a nation, to ensure their greater involvement in the implementation of government policy and effective dissemination of information on the tools, principles and practices of integrated management of water resources at local, regional and national levels.

Participants made the following recommendations:

  • Continue to strengthen the capacity of CSOs and NGOs on issues related to IWRM;
  • Establish a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of the actions developed on IWRM;
  • Integrate the IWRM approach in the education system.

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