At least 500 stakeholders and friends of the Nile are expected to attend this year's 5th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) due to take place October 23 - 25, 2017, at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Center, Kigali. The event is organized by Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in partnership with the government of Rwanda and with support from development partners.
The aim of the biennial, high level event, which was first held in 2006, is to create communities of people who are well informed, actively engaged in and promoting Nile cooperation as the only means of achieving sustainable management and development of the shared Nile Basin water resources as well as addressing shared risks, threats and challenges across the Basin.
This year's edition is dedicated to the theme: Investing in Nile Cooperation for a Water Secure Future, featuring presentations and discussions on some of the key areas contributing to realisation of the theme
The objectives of the 5th Forum are to:
- Build a common understanding on shared risks, opportunities and prospects of Nile Basin water resources
- Set NBI's agenda and priorities
- Gather support and galvanize consensus on key actions for NBI programs
- Showcase NBI's achievements and make a compelling case for NBI
- Harvest new ideas, insights, and innovations
The Forum is designed to focus on key Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) processes as follows:
i. Advancing a regional investment program for the Nile Basin: secure preliminary consensus on a regional investment program for the Nile Basin; explore available options for program components, its processes and targets; explore options for regional coordination among key actors in the Nile Basin region (IGAD, EAPP, LVBC, PIDA, etc)
ii. Strengthening coordinated management of the Nile Basin water resources: identifying common ground for coordinated management of Nile Basin water resources; explore building blocks for a basin water resources management plan; explore policy frameworks; identify synergy opportunities and collaboration mechanisms with main regional actors
iii. Towards more effective transboundary water governance: explore options for enhancing NBI's impact at national level; strengthen NBI inclusivity; strengthen institutions; options for higher level country representation in NBI affairs (Heads of State Summit; Permanent Secretaries track and national inter-sectoral committees)
Participants will include Ministers in charge of Water Affairs and other government officials in Nile Basin countries, Members of Parliament, water resource managers, environmentalists, economists, development planners, academia and researchers, are expected to participate in this year's Forum. Other stakeholders are river basins organizations, regional, continental and international organizations, civil society, private sector as well as media practitioners.
This will be the second time for Rwanda to host this regional event. The first was in October 2011 when the country hosted the 3rd NBDF.
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Find out more: http://nbdf.nilebasin.org/