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From the 1st of June until the 12th of June 2015, the first International Rainwater Harvesting Symposium was held in Ethiopia.

The Symposium was organized by ICRAF, RAIN, the Southern and Easter Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet), IFAD and AFRHINET. The two week event had the objective of unlocking the potential of rainwater harvesting in its broadest sense and aimed to demonstrate the importance of rainwater harvesting with respect to the following:

  • Climate Variability and Change: negative impact on smallholder farmers and possible solutions;
  • Food security: the importance of rainwater harvesting and small-scale irrigation; and
  • WASH: household water security through rainwater harvesting

 

Foto-symposium-11Dr. Dennis Garrity, His Excellency Ato Kebede Jerba, the Ethiopian State Minister of Water Resources, His Excellency Ato Seleshi Getahun, the Ethiopian State Minister of Natural Resources and Mr. Legebo, IFAD at the Policy Meeting in Addis
 

Foto-symposium-21Panel discussion with presentersfrom parallel workshop sessions that were held on Food Security, Climate Change and Technical Innovations

 

More than 100 participants from over 15 countries across the world, including practitioners, policy makers, NGO workers and the private sector, came together to share approaches and techniques on how to integrate rainwater harvesting into policy and practice. The first element of the Symposium was the Policy Dialogue, which allowed for interactive panel discussions and parallel workshops on the various sub-themes. The major output of the Policy Dialogue will be a Symposium Declaration.  The policy recommendations and technical options were then further elaborated in the Write Shop on day three and four of the Symposium. The output of the Writeshop will be policy and technical briefs on the various sub-themes.

During the second week of the Symposium, over 70 participants traveled to Dire Dawa, in the East of Ethiopia. Here, the participants received four days of training on various rainwater harvesting interventions. Some of the key themes during these four days were: watershed approaches, harnessing seasonal rivers in arid lands, road water harvesting and surface or in situ water harvesting. The training aimed at cross fertilization of knowledge and skills through discussion forums, practical demonstrations, field tours and exercises amongst experts and practitioners.

 

Foto symposium 3Eroded and dry land near Dire Dawa observed during a practical training on possible water harvesting interventions
 
Foto symposium 4Frank van Steenbergen from Meta Meta giving a presentation on road water harvesting in Dire Dawa
 

The two week Symposium was a big success, with many positive reactions from the participants. The organizing committee is already looking into the option of hosting another International Rainwater Harvesting Symposium next year; to be held in yet another unique location where cross-learning will be stimulated.

 

 

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Junior Programme Officer at the World Agroforestry Centre – ESAf (ICRAF)

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From the 1st of June until the 12th of June 2015, the first International Rainwater Harvesting Symposium was held in Ethiopia.

The Symposium was organized by ICRAF, RAIN, the Southern and Easter Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet), IFAD and AFRHINET. The two week event had the objective of unlocking the potential of rainwater harvesting in its broadest sense and aimed to demonstrate the importance of rainwater harvesting with respect to the following:

  • Climate Variability and Change: negative impact on smallholder farmers and possible solutions;
  • Food security: the importance of rainwater harvesting and small-scale irrigation; and
  • WASH: household water security through rainwater harvesting

 

Foto-symposium-11Dr. Dennis Garrity, His Excellency Ato Kebede Jerba, the Ethiopian State Minister of Water Resources, His Excellency Ato Seleshi Getahun, the Ethiopian State Minister of Natural Resources and Mr. Legebo, IFAD at the Policy Meeting in Addis
 

Foto-symposium-21Panel discussion with presentersfrom parallel workshop sessions that were held on Food Security, Climate Change and Technical Innovations

 

More than 100 participants from over 15 countries across the world, including practitioners, policy makers, NGO workers and the private sector, came together to share approaches and techniques on how to integrate rainwater harvesting into policy and practice. The first element of the Symposium was the Policy Dialogue, which allowed for interactive panel discussions and parallel workshops on the various sub-themes. The major output of the Policy Dialogue will be a Symposium Declaration.  The policy recommendations and technical options were then further elaborated in the Write Shop on day three and four of the Symposium. The output of the Writeshop will be policy and technical briefs on the various sub-themes.

During the second week of the Symposium, over 70 participants traveled to Dire Dawa, in the East of Ethiopia. Here, the participants received four days of training on various rainwater harvesting interventions. Some of the key themes during these four days were: watershed approaches, harnessing seasonal rivers in arid lands, road water harvesting and surface or in situ water harvesting. The training aimed at cross fertilization of knowledge and skills through discussion forums, practical demonstrations, field tours and exercises amongst experts and practitioners.

 

Foto symposium 3Eroded and dry land near Dire Dawa observed during a practical training on possible water harvesting interventions
 
Foto symposium 4Frank van Steenbergen from Meta Meta giving a presentation on road water harvesting in Dire Dawa
 

The two week Symposium was a big success, with many positive reactions from the participants. The organizing committee is already looking into the option of hosting another International Rainwater Harvesting Symposium next year; to be held in yet another unique location where cross-learning will be stimulated.

 

 

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Junior Programme Officer at the World Agroforestry Centre – ESAf (ICRAF)

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