April 18, 2024

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Rwanda’s water stress experience shared at the UN Water Conference

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Dr. Emmanuel Rukundo, Director of the Rwanda Water Resources Board (RWB), spoke on Friday at the UN Water Conference event titled ‘Disaggregation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicator 6.4.2 – level of water stress by river basin.’


The event was organized by the Rwanda Water Resources Board (RWB), in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


It also featured different water partners including Agência Nacional de Águas e Saneamento Básico (ANA) – BRAZIL, Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA)– Italy and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).


“I thank FAO for supporting the implementation of pilot projects on the disaggregation of the SDG Indicator 6.4.2 utilizing the river basin method in our respective countries,”


“The latest global data show that governments must work on average four times faster to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG6) on time. Rwanda is glad to be utilizing this innovative method to support strategic water resource management plans and achieve this,”


“The river basin method provides an innovative contribution to the sustainable use of water at the catchment level by providing a finer view of both the causes and effects of water stress. It also allows policy and decision-makers to target interventions at catchments with high water stress,” Dr. Rukundo remarked.


He delivered remarks at this side event along with FAO Land and Water’s Deputy Director
Sasha Koo Oshima.

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