The SADC Water Week initiative, which aims to gather input towards the formulation of the fourth phase of the Regional Water Programme, moves to Mauritius from the 3 to 5 June 2015.

The SADC Water Division is holding Water Weeks in the 14 SADC Countries which will run from March to July this year under the theme “From Vision to Action”.

This three-day event will feature two parallel sessions comprising media training and a youth forum will be held on the first day followed by the main workshop.

The main workshop, to be attended by water stakeholders and other relevant sectors, will focus in mapping the strategic direction of the fourth Regional Water Programme also known as the Regional Strategic and Action Plan (RSAP IV) on Integrated Water Resources Management and Development.

In parallel, the SADC Water Week will sensitise journalists to report on water issues as well as empower the youth to participate in water programmes and development through media and youth workshops.

Objectives

The main goal of the SADC Water Weeks is to support SADC to implement a platform to interact with member states on water resources management strategic issues. The expected outcome is the RSAP IV, which is set to update the RSAP III.

The SADC Water Programme has been implemented in five-year phases. The first phase of RSAP commenced its implementation in 1999 and ended in 2004.

The second phase was implemented from 2005 to 2010, while the third phase runs from 2011 to 2015.

The RSAP programmes have laid a solid foundation for integrated water resources management and development including foundations for improving the development of much needed water infrastructure in the region.

Furthermore, the SADC Regional Water Programme helps to build and instill a cooperative spirit on transboundary water resources development and management among the 14 Member States.