NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation has
launched a partnership with multilateral agencies, industry and
civil society to explore innovations that would offer durable
solution to water scarcity in the country.
said the launch of Kenya 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG)
marked a critical milestone in the management and supply of the
commodity to different users.
"Ensuring a safe and abundant supply of water is vital to
attaining vision 2030.A partnership with the private sector and
civil society will help generate collective solutions to secure
water for the economy, society and the environment," said Water
and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.
Kenya became the tenth country in the world to enlist as a
member of 2030 Water Resources Group, an initiative formed in
2009 by multilateral agencies, private sector and civil society
to promote water security in the global south.
Wamalwa said strategic partnerships are crucial to address a
growing water insecurity occasioned by climate change,
population growth, pollution and competing demands.
"The aim of our new partnership with multilateral agencies
and the private sector is to accelerate the attainment of
sustainable development goal six on water and sanitation for
all," said Wamalwa.
The Kenyan 2030 WRG partnership will focus on innovative
approaches to boost agricultural water productivity, urban water
supply alongside adoption of appropriate technologies to
strengthen conservation of the resource.
Anders Berntell, the Executive Director of 2030 WRG said
innovative partnerships have provided lasting solution to global
water supply challenges.
"Across the globe, WRG partnerships are helping push the
water resources agenda to the forefront of high level national
debate. In Kenya, these partnerships will address water scarcity
and pollution," Berntell said.
The Kenyan industrial sector has invested in new technologies
to enhance water use efficiency.
Vimal Shah, the CEO of Bidco Africa said water scarcity could
undermine economic growth and stability in Kenya.
"Water is the lifeblood for everyone and for the
manufacturing sector in particular. Improving water resources
management is key to realize socio-economic progress in the
country," Shah said.