This afternoon in the capital, Aden, the Water and Environmental Sanitation Emergency Unit at the Ministry of Water and Environment concluded a workshop in the field of ((Tool to analyze emergency situations in water, sanitation and public hygiene program services)) in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Stockholm International Water Institute under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Water and Environment, Engineer Tawfiq Abdel Wahed Al Sharjabi.
The workshop, which continued during the period (15-20 November 2023), in which (66) participants from the sector of water and sanitation in the liberated counties, the public institutions for water and sanitation, the branches of the Rural Water- Authority. , and the participating bodies of the Ministry, the Environmental Protection Authority and the General Authority for Water Resources, aimed And four universities with their research centers to present the challenges facing the water and sanitation sectors in urban and rural areas with the impact of climate. change on them, and how to find effective solutions to come up with a viable action plan, provide drinking water in sufficient quantities and of high quality, improve the infrastructure for water services and develop sanitation systems.
At the end of the workshop, engineer Abdul Hakim Alayah, undersecretary of the Ministry of Water and Environment for Water Sector Affairs, made a speech in which he emphasized the role of the emergency unit, represented by Mr. Hossam Ghaithan, who works very hard in the ministry… adding that the water and sanitation sector are very sensitive issues, especially with the climate changes to which the sector is subjected. Water during the recent period, and our country has been subjected to droughts that hit many of ours. regions, which caused displacement. This is called climate displacement, and it is one of the highlands that suffer from a lack of water. This is a problem for those areas, the Tuban delta, the Abyan and Hadhramaut plains, and the west. Coastal areas. There were large population centers that worked for Water Drainage.
He pointed out that water and sanitation services began to be affected by the use of wells in the Tuban Delta, where the number of population centers reached (15) as a result of displacement in non-engineering ways, and this led to accidental connections outside. the well line standard.
He said that the workshop was mainly about the development of a sectoral action plan for water, which are opportunities that we can work on in the next period, by creating an explanatory action plan and establishing considerations related to the construction and expansion of water reservoirs. Through the participants. , the problems existing in the various counties were put on the table for discussion. Among the priorities is the strategic water plan in the next phase.
In conclusion, the organizers of the workshop thanked the implementers, the Emergency Unit, UNICEF, and the Stockholm International Water Institute, represented by Mr. Moaz Al-Allawi.
For his part, Mr. Patrick Signy, representative of UNICEF, Chargé d’Affairs, Yemen Office, made a greeting to the undersecretary, engineer Abdul Hakim Allaya, at the Ministry of Water and Environment, professor Moez Al-Alawi, the Stockholm. International Water Institute, and all attendees and participants. At the beginning, he expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Ministry for carrying out the arrangement during this period, and this period is considered as an assessment of what is due. And the challenges that it faces in the water sector.
Mr. Patrick said: (As engineer Abdul Hakim noted, we face the challenges of climate change and needs, and the need to provide safe drinking water for all people, in addition to the population density that increases during this period, and the water and environment sector must respond to it).
He explained that our interventions must be effective in the water sector, so that we do not face challenges in other sectors such as education and health. That is why our activities in the water sector must be more interactive, and that is why UNICEF considers its partnership. with the Ministry of Water an important and urgent priority.
He emphasized that our relationship with the Ministry will continue to cover the sector for women, children and citizens in our country… emphasizing that we are committed to the Ministry to continue effective solutions for alternative energy… and we emphasize the importance of the a necessary workshop through which priorities are determined and what are the crisis situations that must be addressed. We are committed to transforming the action plan. The results of the workshop and projects are implementable.
He thanked the work organizers and congratulated the participants for its success and their active role in implementing it on the spot.
For his part, Mr. Moaz Al-Alawi, Director of Programs at the Stockholm International Water Institute and the West Asia Regional Office in Jordan, made a speech in which he thanked Mr. Hossam Ghaithan, the representative of the Emergency Unit at the Ministry. of Water and Environment and UNICEF, and thanked the participants for their interaction and participation during four days with each activity and dedication to come up with an action plan. Implementable through the four special groups: water for urban and rural cities and sanitation for urban and rural cities. Hoping the completion of this plan which is applicable on earth.
At the end of the workshop, Professor Hossam Khamis Ghaithan, Director General of the Emergency Unit and Coordinator of the Water Cluster in the Republic at the Ministry of Water and Environment, spoke about devising an action plan for the water and sanitation sector, seeking of solutions and treatments through the window of climate change, and train the cadres present with us from the various liberated and southern counties to use the analytical method to the current conditions and come up with action plans that will be studied and the possibility of applying. them on the ground and transform the mechanism to attract support. The estimated cost of those plans from the point of view of the components participating in the workshop.
*By Khadija Al-Kaf