The Mano River Union (MRU) begins a three-day workshop on Transboundary water resources tomorrow June 1, 2021 in Monrovia expected to be attended by scores of representatives from relevant institutions from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and host country, Liberia.
Funded by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the workshop is to deliberate “Build River Dialogue and Governance (Bridge) project which aims at formulating and establishing the Transboundary MRU water committee as well as respective local Transboundary platforms.
It can be recalled that on September 24th -25th 2012, the Technical Commission on Natural resources of the MRU met in Guinea where it was agreed that a regional structure be established to address issues of water resources management consistent with the 4th protocol of the Mano River Union. The 4th protocol consolidated the declaration of the MRU to extend its goals and objectives in the establishment of national platforms.
Sierra Leone held the first platform meeting in Pujehum from the 16th -17th November 2015 followed by Guinea in Macenta on the 1st of December 2015. Specifically, the workshop will ensure the respect for the commitment of stakeholders at all levels of development decision-making and sustainable management of water resources of the Mao/Mankona and Mano River basin. It also aims at mobilizing all stakeholders in the water resources sector for a concerted management of the Mao/Mankona and Mano River basin. It will also provide strategic guidance to policy makers who could contribute towards the achievement of the objectives, among many other things.
More importantly, the workshop will identify and prioritize communities’ problems as it relates to water resources and the immediate needs while developing a code of conduct for the sustainable and equitable management of the basin water resources.