Tunis, Tunisia - The shared ambition of Africa’s sustainable development has brought Wetlands International and the African Development Bank (AfDB) together. The first step of working towards this common goal has been set last week in Tunis, where high level representatives from both sides agreed to direct cooperative action on the topics of water and climate change.
Both parties have common interests and have found each other in the field. Wetlands International Africa’s Regional Director, Ibrahima Thiam “The two institutions share common ground in their work. Their different experiences provide a strong basis for working towards the same objective: the sustainable development of Africa”.
Wetlands International has technical expertise regarding the role of wetland ecosystems in water management and supporting livelihoods, which is highly relevant to the planning of major water infrastructure developments. Wetlands International has already brought forward key information relevant to planned infrastructure upstream of Mali’s Inner Niger Delta, and also on Uganda’s Bujugali Dam, which are partially financed by the AfDB.
Furthermore, in collaboration with Dutch partner organisations, Wetlands International is developing practical decision support tools. One example is DECIDAID– that enables the assessment of the impact of upstream water management options on local communities in the Inner Niger Delta.
The African Development Bank is one of the biggest investors in development in the African continent, with a portfolio over US$ 6bln in infrastructure projects in 2009. One of the Bank’s desires for this cooperation is to build its knowledge-base on wetland values and to make its projects ‘climate-proof’. Wetlands International will work collaboratively with the Bank on these initiatives, sharing its experience and knowledge with Task Managers, Field Offices and Regional Member Countries (RMC).
Furthermore, the Tunis meeting set the ground for cooperative action on water. Together, the partners will work to organise new initiative of the Africa Water Week. This will bring all stakeholders from the African continent together to discuss the many topics related to water. It will draw from the Stockholm Water Week which is held annually, where both parties will also jointly organise the Africa Day.
For more information contact:
Mr. Ibrahima Thiam
Wetlands International Africa
Tel. 221 33 869 16 81
Email: email@example.com (Executive Assistant)
Pape Diomaye THIARE
Communications and Media Coordinator
Phone: +221 33 869 16 81