New Platform Will Promote Integrated Water Management in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region

The newly launched Amhara Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) – Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Platform in Ethiopia aims to address the pressing water resource management challenges in the Amhara region. Located in the strategically significant Tana Subbasin, the region struggles with issues like water scarcity, environmental degradation, and the lack of coordinated water governance. This initiative marks a crucial step towards sustainable management and utilization of water resources by fostering collaboration among various stakeholders, including governmental bodies, NGOs, and development partners.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Amhara IWRM-WASH Platform was inaugurated to improve integrated water resources management and enhance water security in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.
  • It addresses critical needs for coordination between various water management and WASH initiatives to prevent duplication of efforts and to ensure efficient resource utilization.
  • Supported by agencies like the Abbay Basin Administration Office (ABAO) and the Amhara Regional State Bureau for Water and Energy (BoWE), with contributions from international organizations such as World Resources Institute (WRI) and UNICEF.
  • Key objectives include enhancing cross-sectoral planning, sharing best practices, facilitating discussions, and improving policy and strategy implementation related to water resources.
  • Since its inception, the platform has attracted significant participation from 32 agencies seeking membership, demonstrating a strong collective commitment to water resource challenges.

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