Updated: Thursday 10 May 2012

CMP promoted in the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille

The 6th World Water Forum in Marseille gathered more than 35 000 participants in March, 12.-17.3.2012. The forum was characterised by a strong mobilisation of the international political community and of civil society so as to make the cause of water and sanitation move forward during more than 400 sessions.

After six days of debates and exchanges, built on 1400 solutions for water and sanitation posted on the solutions sharing platform, all the stakeholders (UN agencies, governments, parliamentarians, local authorities, donors, water professionals, NGOs and civil society actors, women and youth representatives) have already announced more than a hundred concrete commitments. The Government of Ethiopia committed to accelerate the implementation of self-supply in the country. Ato Yohannes Ghebremedhen, Director of Water Supply and Sanitation Directorate at the Ministry of Water and Energy presented Ethiopia's commitment to establish self-supply as a service delivery mechanism for rural water within the national WaSH programme – and alongside community managed approaches - in order to reach some of the more than 30% citizens without safe water access. The World Water Council will bear these solutions and commitments to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 from June 20th to 22nd 2012, for which the water and sanitation issue is already on the agenda.

The CMP approach received a lot of attention during the forum as it was selected as one of the most promising solutions for rural WaSH in the "Village of Solutions". Furthermore, presentations, workshops and a debate were organized around the CMP approach.

More than 20 participants from Ethiopia were present at the forum. The State Minister of MoWE, H.E. Kebede Gerba participated in the ministerial roundtable discussions and two negotiators for the Nile Basin Initiative joined sessions on trans-boundary waters. Ato Abiti, the director of the Research and Development directorate in the MoWE, participated in the forum and was positive about the event's outcomes: "I received new ideas on how to promote the dialogue between science, policy and research. It is crucial to use research-based models in decision-making processes." On general level, Ato Abiti appreciated the sessions on sustainable food security that can be achieved through utilizing rain water and promoting crop productivity through irrigation either from fresh surface water and groundwater and/or treated wastewater. The integration of food security and WaSH was further emphasized by Ato Abiti as well as the future challenges the rapid urbanization and water scarcity are posing on WaSH situation. "One valuable outcome of the forum was the technologies which were presented in the exhibition space. Especially I received information on innovative dam design such as spillway designs that are still new in Ethiopia. Currently I am in the process of writing a report on these findings to the Water Works Construction Enterprise", Ato Abiti concluded.