Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is an important approach for the sustainable use of water resources, involving different sectors, while maintaining sustainability and observing regulation.
Active community involvement is vital for a sustainable natural resources management approach. The principles of IWRM applied at a local level require a participatory community-driven approach where all water users and water sources are considered and prioritized by the communities.
Aqua4East project in Kassala
Under this project, IWRM committees were formed with 22 male and eight female members. All were experienced in water management and were trained to have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
One of Aqua 4 East activities carried out by our partner the Elgandual network of rural development, was a 3 day training workshop about establishing catchment networks. Participants represented all members of catchment committees in addition to Elgandual staff members and HAC representatives.
The workshop introduced participants to:
- The concept of networking
- Preparing the network’s vision and mission
- Setting up the organizational structure
- Job descriptions for network members
- Developing a facilitation and coordinating committee for the network of representatives of participating committees.
By the end of the training the network was set up with ten members – eight men and two women. The role and regulation of the network was discussed by HAC representative, network roles agreed and the committee trained on drafting their action plan
The next step will be to hold a workshop in Kassala with representatives of IWRM committees at the catchment level and partners to identify the objectives of the network.