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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) together with the World Bank has on Thursday advised drought-hit horn African countries to improve effective groundwater utilization so as to build drought resilience.

IGAD and the World Bank, deliberating a two-day workshop aimed at considering the role of Groundwater in Drought Resilience in the IGAD Region, stressed on Thursday that effective groundwater utilization would help the region to build efficient drought resilience.

Fred Mwango, IGAD’s Regional Water Expert, told participants, who have gathered from IGAD member countries, that groundwater management has not attracted enough resources in proportion to the importance of its utilization in a region largely arid and semi arid in size.

The World Bank, through its Regional Groundwater Initiative (RGI), aims to assess the potential of regional groundwater resources, considering their variability in space and time, to strengthen drought resilience and contribute to poverty reduction.

Marcus Wijnen, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist from the World Bank, also lauded the initiative that envisages groundwater utilization as a potential action to bring lasting solution to challenges that arise from drought in the region.

“The World Bank suggests an approach to advance components of a regional groundwater agenda that would strengthen ongoing efforts in the region in the field of drought resilience and water resources management,” he stressed.

Participants, who have gathered from IGAD member states and water experts from inside and outside the region, have also discussed on the potential solutions to improve the status of both groundwater knowledge and the capacity to manage resources in a way that optimizes the benefits of the resource in building resilience.

They have also indicated that the two-day workshop, from July 27 to 28 in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, will have a positive impact for the region that has been suffering from back-to-back drought scenarios. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh