Water declaration by 'future leaders' adopted

Posted: 2012-12-01

GWP Eastern Africa used a recent conference to showcase GWP's philosophy, its current drive to mobilise collective efforts towards climate change adaptation and the role youth can play in lessening the effects of climate change in Eastern Africa.

The East Africa Young Water Professionals' Conference, co-organised by GWP Eastern Africa, was held in Kigali in December 2012, and brought together over 200 young people from 15 countries who resolved as future leaders to take up "a more visible, active and meaningful role in addressing climate change and water resources management challenges."

GWP Eastern Africa, recognising that youth are key stakeholders in understanding links between climate change and sustainable water resources management, urged the young water professionals not only to adopt a water declaration, but, as Africa's upcoming leaders, to engage with African decision-makers in adopting water and climate-friendly policies and strategies.

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