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26 July 2015

SADC Water Week-South Africa 2015

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The South African Development Community (SADC) will be hosting the SADC Water Week-South Africa during a three-day event from 29 – 31 July 2015.

The South African Development Community (SADC) in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation, the South African Water Research Commission and the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa will be hosting the SADC Water Week-South Africa during a three day event on 29-31 July 2015.

The main aim of this venture is to create a platform for country focused awareness raising of the SADC regional water programme and River Basin Organisations’ initiatives towards the goal of improving water resources management and development. More importantly the workshop seeks to harmonise national and local water management strategies with SADC regional strategies for better water resources management and development.

The first day of the Water Week will focus on engaging with news reporters across various media houses to give them an opportunity to connect with experts and policy makers in the South African and regional water sector, to give them insight on issues of water governance and integrated water resources management and development. This exercise is meant to assist the journalist as they follow the water issues in the country and region, to ensure that as they disseminate the information gathered for their consumers.

Another issue to take centre stage during the event will be the participation of youth in ensuring the region’s water security through a National Youth Forum Information note. This will be on day two, 30 July.

During this session representatives from several youth networks and organisations in water, environment and sanitation related sectors will meet to develop a national action plan for mainstreaming youth in these sectors and inform a way forward with regard to their involvement at national and regional level.

Other discussions will include issues of cooperation in trans-boundary water resources management development within and beyond the SADC region and also, water financing for management and development resource as well as building local indigenous practices to manage climate change.

The event forms part of the work of the SADC directorate of Infrastructure and Services which provides a platform for its member countries to address water related issues and challenges to ensure that water in southern Africa becomes a sustainable resource through the co-ordinated management, protection and equitable use of its shared water courses.

The media is thus invited as follows:
•Day one: 29 July: Media Training
•Day two: 30 July: National Youth Forum
•Day three: 31 July: SADC Regional Programme

It is important to note that the numbers for the media training are limited and will be treated on a first come, first served basis.

To RSVP please contact:
Maduvha Maseda
Tel: 012 336 7460
E-mail: masedam@dws.gov.za

For more information contact:
Sputnik Ratau
Cell: 0828742942

Original article posted on the media pages of http://www.gov.za

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