WaterAid-Rwanda to enhance sustainable water management system through training citizens

By Elias Hakizimana

WaterAid-Rwanda in partnership with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) are training Rwandan community on Rain Water Harvesting System to ensure sustainability of environment with green building.

The aim of the training programme is to develop a cadre of practitioners with knowledge, skills and attitude for mainstreaming sustainable and affordable rainwater harvesting (RWH) in Rwanda.

The three-day training is taking place in Kigali (Umubano Marasa Hotel) from January 23 to 25, 2018.

Speaking to The Inspirer during the workshop on Tuesday, Dr.Mahreen Matto, CSE-Water Programme Manager said that preserving water is not only the government’s task but is the initiative that more people including Non-Governmental Organizations and other development partners should be responsible.

“We believe it is not only the government responsibility to manage water, but it is everybody’s efforts,” said Matto.

Dr.Mahreen Matto, CSE-Water Programme Manager.

Trainees will learn how to address water scarcity and will be equipped with all the necessary technical skills by CSE.

Matto said that they want to avail tangible solutions for water harvesting in the future to avoid water scarcity.

The main objectives of the raining are :To provide knowledge, skill development and attitude change of participants towards sustainable and affordable rainwater harvesting (RWH) in Rwanda, to capacitate participants for planning, designing and implementing low cost RWH systems and to build south-south network of practitioners (state/non-state) for mainstreaming sustainable water management practices.

The training programme will focus on urban rain water harvesting (RWH) and the potential it holds in augmentation of water availability by using public spaces to recharge their groundwater or store and reuse the rainwater.

It will also showcase examples to bring in required laws to enable individuals to undertake RWH.

Expected results

The participants will get the opportunity to plan and design a RWH system and also learn about best management practices from South Asian and African countries as well as emerging concepts like water sensitive urban design and planning.

The training will impart skills on planning and designing both recharge and storage structures, techno-economic feasibility, operation and maintenance etc.

The trainings will be conducted based on state of the art teaching – learning tools consisting of classroom lectures, interactive sessions, experiential learning using detailed case studies, working in groups on planning and designing of RWH structures at various scales.

About Centre for Science & Environment (CSE)

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is an independent public interest research organization that aims to promote an informed public opinion in favor of environmental sustainability and sustainable development.

CSE started in 1980 by late Mr. Anil Agarwal, a leading figure in India’s environment movement, to analyze and study the relationship between environment and development.

CSE’s work is widely acknowledged for its intellectual leadership and the institution has grown into one of India’s most influential and highly vocal environmental NGO.

CSE received prestigious international awards Stockholm Water Prize in the year 2005 and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Water Award in 2008.

CSE is currently working in India and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka).

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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