Ten countries come to Rwanda to discuss sustainable development and cooperation in the Nile Basin

Posted By: Editor - On:23/10/2017
More than 500 participants from ten Nile Basin countries including Rwanda and the international community are in Kigali for the fifth Nile Basin Development Forum. The event takes place at the Kigali Convention Centre from 23-25 October 2017 and will see Nile Basin Initiative member states work to improve cooperation for the sustainable development
The forum is a biennial science-policy dialogue that brings together stakeholders from across the Basin and around the world to build consensus on the Nile cooperation agenda. The gathering also provides a platform for exchange between science and policy experts on the opportunities and challenges facing Nile Basin countries and how to enhance cooperation. The 2017 Nile Media Awards will be held on the first day of the forum to recognise journalists who have contributed to the development of the Basin.
Hosted under the theme Investing in Nile Cooperation for a Water Secure Future, the forum will focus on the transboundary dimensions of water resources management as well as development in the Nile Basin countries. This is the second time Rwanda has hosted the forum since its establishment in 2006. The first was in 2011.

Nile Basin countries have been working together to protect and sustain the basin since 1967. This cooperation was formalised with the creation of the Nile Basin Initiative in 1999. The initiative aims to ensure efficient water management and the optimal use of the resource in the Nile Basin as well as foster cooperation and mutually beneficial joint action between the riparian countries.

The Nile Basin Initiative is an intergovernmental partnership of ten Nile Basin countries including Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Eritrea participates as an observer.

The fifth Nile Basin Development Forum is organised by the Nile Basin Initiative in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Environment, and with support from development partners. Attendees of the forum include Ministers in charge of Water Affairs and other government officials, Members of Parliament, water resource managers, environmentalists, researchers, scientists, river basin organisations, development planners, civil society and the private sector – many of which will be represented at an exhibition taking
Rwanda ratified the Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement in 2012. In 2015, the country put in place a National Water Master Plan to ensure sustainable management, development and utilisation of water resources in the country. Since then, Rwanda has developed a number of catchment management plans for the integrated management of water resources and landscape rehabilitation.

Since 2004, Rwanda has hosted the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme – a Nile Basin Initiative regional programme, under which a number of projects have been developed and implemented.

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