WA-Net has held a training workshop on Climate Change Resilience. The training was titled: Access to Water and Sanitation.
The training workshop on Climate Resilience: Access to Water Supply and Sanitation was held from 16th to 20th September, 2019 at the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna.
The total number of participants that attended the training workshop was thirty-one (31). They were drawn from various water related organisations and academic institutions. Facilitators were drawn from the data bank of resource persons in NWRI particularly the academic staff.
The training was conducted using a mix of lectures, group discussions, presentation by participants and site visits with a view to charting a way for managing Climate Change impacts for the sustainability of water supply and sanitation systems.
Climate change has been posing threats to human survival and developmental challenges in many parts of the world. It has also been estimated that climate change and its impacts will affect millions of people, especially women and children each year and in time to come. As water is at the heart of climate change impact; the effects of climate change are first felt through water (droughts, floods etc). In order to minimize these impacts, equitable and sustainable access to water sources and improved sanitation needs to be enhanced.
This was why WANet and the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna conducted another training workshop on Climate Change resilience: Access to Water Supply and Sanitation again this year.
WA-Net’s immediate objective is ‘to support, strengthen and promote co-operation among regional capacity building institutions in the delivery of capacity building services in various fields of IWRM in West Africa’.
The key focus of climate resilience efforts is to address the vulnerability that communities, states and countries currently have with regards to the environmental consequences of climate change. Currently, climate resilience efforts are found to include any developmental projects, which can be implemented at all strata of society that would ensure life restoration to people after the impact of climate change. Among these are the need to create awareness and build capacity of various water supply agencies, ministries, authorities, and the academia.