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Nairobi, 16 Oct 06

Experts from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania held a two-day brainstorming meeting on water and sanitation to earmark new projects for implementation with the support of the African Development Bank under UN-HABITAT’s Water for African Cities Programme.

The meeting following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UN-HABITAT and the bank in March 2006 at the World Water Forum in Mexico.

The Water for African Cities Programme which started in 1999, helps participating cities to implement measures to address the urban water crisis facing many of them by promoting efficient and effective management. By the time the programme’s first phase was completed in 2003, it had achieved – at both utility and national policy level – wide acceptance of water demand management as the most cost effective way of augmenting supplies, and the introduction of catchment management strategies at local level.

The programme also supports the adoption of measures to minimize the environmental impact of urbanization on freshwater resources, awareness raising on good water usage, management and conservation practices, and information exchange between participating cities on best practices.  

The second phase of the programme was launched at the Pan African Ministerial Conference on Water (PANFCON) held in Addis Ababa in March 2003. It is being implemented with the support of the UN-HABITAT Water and Sanitation Trust Fund.

The seven countries which participated in the first phase (Ivory Coast, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania), have been joined in the second phase by Nigeria, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda.

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