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U/E Minister Calls For Water Management

2006-08-02 13:32:48
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Bonface Gambila
DISTRICT Assemblies have been urged to consider adopting buffer zone bye-laws that would prohibit human activities such as mining, logging, farming, among others, on the banks of streams, rivers and other water bodies.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Boniface Gambilla, made the call when he addressed participants at a workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) for District Assemblies (DAs) in the region organized by Water Resources Commission (WRC) in Bolgatanga.

The Minister also urged the Water Resources Commission and its partners to create and maintain enduring relationships with the DAs, civil society and traditional authorities in their bid to ensure a lasting integrated management of water resources in the country.

He emphasized, “Water is a precious resource essential for sustaining life”, supporting economically productive activities and for the environment, and that ensuring the sustainable management of water resources was critical and unavoidable in our quest to develop as a nation. He learnt with appreciation that WRC had initiated the process of preparing comprehensive buffer zone policies for the country.

Mr. Gambilla noted that although many people acknowledged the importance of water in their existence, they had not done much in their collective efforts to protect and sustain the water resources.

“We need to bear constantly in mind that there is no substitute for water,” he urged.

The Executive Secretary of WRC, Dr. Charles A. Biney, said the long-term development plan of the nation recognizes water resources at the core of the attainment of other policy objectives relating to agriculture, industry, health and nutrition, infant mortality, equitable distribution of development, environment and poverty reduction among others.

“The government therefore attached great importance and was committed to the implementation of an integrated approach to water resource management and the promotion of new ‘water culture’ that emphasized conservation practices and control of misuse, over-exploitation and pollution,” he said.

He noted that the involvement of the DAs in managing water resources would only be possible and effective if they were equipped with the requisite knowledge on water management concepts and an understanding in their expected roles.

This, he said, premised the organization of workshops for the Assemblies at the regional level and would be followed with separate workshops in the various districts in the regions to offer assemblymen and women and traditional leaders within the districts the opportunity to be part of decision-making and collective responsibility for the management of the country’s water resources.

Presenting a paper on “Sustainable Water Management by All for All – The Role of The District Assemblies”, the Public Relations Officer of WRC, Mrs. Adwoa M. Dako, implored the assemblies to among other things plant trees by river banks, dispose of liquid and solid waste properly and support WRC and other water resource management initiatives.

A water quality specialist at WRC, Ms. Adwoa Paintsil, also presented a paper on “Water Use Regulations”.

source: Chronicle

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