These different exposés aimed at getting stakeholders on the same page of better understanding of the Cameroon hydrology and hydrogeology in relationship, the impacts of climate change on water resources on the one hand, sharing experiences on the conduct and evolution of IWRM planning process at national level and strengthening the capacities of participants to better use tools and indicators to measure the progress made in implementing IWRM (MERQURE).
These presentations also enabled participants to understand to what extent the IWRM implementation in Cameroon is and to follow up the process of finalization of the National Action Plan for IWRM and that elaboration of the Cameroon national water policy which is underway.
Field visits to the Cameroon water treatment plant of Akomnyada and to the hydrometric station of Nyong in Mbalmayo which were organized, were the major events of this meeting. These field visits enabled participants understand the different steps of the conventional water treatment, fitted to developing countries and also to see how hydrometric data were produced and collected for the purpose of water resources monitoring in the context of climate change. These field visits were opportunities for participants to move from theory to practical cases.
It came out during this workshop that the implementation of IWRM needed human investment and financial resources as well as the endorsement of national institutions in charge of implementing IWRM. In addition, hydrometric data are very important for quantitative water resources monitoring.
The Resident Representative of the regional office of UNESCO in Yaounde, M Loiteohin Félix YE, who attended the closing ceremony, welcomed the work done in the framework of IWRM and Climate Change in Cameroon and underlined the importance of water resources for the humanity. “Water and Land are the two essential elements for our existence. Without water, Land alone, sometimes refuses to be more nourishing. That’s why water is the most important thing” he said.
- Continue advocating with the government for the setting up of the national committees and focal points for the IHP in order to boost its implementation in Cameroon;
- Explore opportunities to further involve the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in the process of IWRM in Cameroon;
- Embedding stakeholders in the process of preparation of Cameroon National Water Policy and make sure it includes IWRM and Climate Change (CC).