REMARKS BY ENG. EMMANUEL KALOBELO (DEPUTY PS MINISTRY OF WATER) DURING OPENING OF STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN LAKE VICTORIA BASIN AT MAJI HOUSE CONFERENCE HALL (MWAUWASA), MWANZA, 5TH OCTOBER, 2018
• Director of Water Resources, Ministry of Water
• Water officer Lake Victoria Basin Water Board
• Managing Directors for Urban Water Supply And Sanitation Authorities
• Representatives from WWF
• National Project Coordinator, LVEMP
• Lake Victoria Basin Stakeholders from Private Sector Businesses
• CTI and TCCIA representative
• Lake Victoria Basin Management staff
• Invited Guests
• Ladies and Gentlemen
First of all, let me take this opportunity to welcome you to Mwanza City, and particularly to this workshop. Your decision to accept our invitation demonstrates your commitment and high value you put to the Management our Water Resources, and through this commitment, I believe we will do great things in water sources conservation together.
Allow me also to thank Lake Victoria Basin Water Board for extending invitation to me to come and officiate the opening of this very important workshop. Thank you for good work you are doing.
I want also to thank WWF Tanzania for their conservation work they have been doing in Mara catchment and for co sponsoring this workshop. Your efforts are highly appreciated.
Lake Victoria Basin has significant Water Resources but experience seasonal and regional variability across the Basin due to differences in topography, rainfall patterns and climate. This variability is exacerbated by insufficient storage infrastructure, inadequate levels of water efficiency as well as weak regulation and lack of adherence and enforcement of water allocation laws, rules and policy. Moreover, Climate change impacts on water resources mean that the sustainability of Basin economic growth and its development objectives could be undermined. It is , therefore, important to achieve water security and resilience to climate change in order to ensure that the Basin can meet its economic and social development objectives.
Our Basin Water Resources, which are under risk emanating from Climate Change, underpins and supports different business in the Basin including Fisheries and Fish Industries, Breweries, Soft Drinks Industries, Mining, Urban Water Supply as well as Mineral Water Bottling Industries. Water is a direct ingredient in all business. So, it all fair to say that if water resources is at risk due to climate change, so are these business. Therefore, it at the best interest of both Water Resources Managers (Lake Victoria Basin Water Board and its partners) and the water beneficiaries (the Businesses) to address the Climate Change risks in order to bring sustainability of Water Resources and hence businesses.
In this one day workshop, we will subject ourselves to discussions on understanding the risks posed by Climate Change to our businesses, will have an appreciation of the leverage power we possess as a group to address the risks together and will work out a consensus approach on how we can contribute to increased resilience on Climate Change impacts as a group going forward.
It is expected that the following outputs will be achieved by the end of the workshop:
• Awareness created among ourselves regarding water related risks to private sector businesses emanating from effects of climate change on Water Resources
• Awareness created among ourselves regarding functions of the Lake Victoria Basin Water Board especially in regard to managing Climate Risks in Water Resources and how private sector businesses can collaborate and contribute to addressing the risks
• Awareness created among ourselves regarding opportunities which come along with Climate Change and how Private Sector can capitalize on them and increase resilience
• Awareness created among ourselves regarding approaches which could be adopted by Private Sector Businesses as means of addressing Climate Change Risks by contributing to conservation and protection of Water Sources as part of Corporate Social Responsibility
• A consensus approach agreed on how to best convene this event on a regular basis as a formal platform for the Basin Private Sector Businesses to share information, experiences and progress on issues of Climate Change.
I want to call upon all of us to effectively participate in the workshop so that the objectives may be achieved. Let us try to be as open and sincere as possible so that whatever is agreed should be implemented in order to increase climate risks resilience.
Again, I want to thank the Organizers for organizing and inviting me to pen the workshop. I want to thank WWF Tanzania for co sponsoring the workshop.
With these few remarks, I now declare the workshop officially opened. I wish you fruitful deliberations.
“THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ATTENTION”
REMARKS BY DIRECTOR OF WATER RESOURCES (DWR) DR GEORGE LUGOMELA DURING A STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN LAKE VICTORIA BASIN ON 5TH OCTOBER, 2018, AT MWAUWASA CONFERENCE HALL, MAJI HOUSE ISAMILO MWANZA
- Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water
- Water officer, Lake Victoria Basin Water Board
- Managing Directors for Urban Water Supply And Sanitation Authorities
- Representatives from WWF
- National Project Coordinator, LVEMP
- Lake Victoria Basin Stakeholders from Private Sector Businesses
- CTI and TCCIA representative
- Lake Victoria Basin Management staff
- Invited Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am deeply honored to stand here today before you to give some remarks regarding this workshop.
I know that this workshop is a result of consultative visits by the Basin Water Officer to you stakeholders. In the consultations, it was clear the issue of Climate Change risks was also being appreciated by the private sector business. Some of the businesses had internal international compliance issues related to conservation of water sources as a means of bringing sustainability to their business but also as a means of showing corporate social responsibility.
As much as most of us agree on the imminent risks imposed by Climate Change to our businesses, the right thing to do is to come together, leverage our efforts and experiences and as a group come up with consensus approach to address the issues.
May be today, as private sector businesses whose one of the ingredient raw materials for production is water, we will ask ourselves some key questions which might put ourselves in positions to rethink on how we approach issues of social corporate responsibility. Should our investments through CSR also address climate change adaptations by increasing resilience? Should we use some of the resources for water sources conservation for the sake of sustainability of our businesses?
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The National Water Policy and the Water Resources Management Act both support such initiatives. In the Act, the concept of Payment for Environmental Services is promoted as a contribution to water sources protection. Therefore, if you agree on any modality to address the issues of water sources conservation as a collaborative effort, just be rest assured that the Ministry of Water and especially the Directorate of Water Resources will fully support the initiative.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This call for action in the LVB comes at right time, why? because I know that the overall climate trend in the Lake Victoria Basin for the recent past indicates that the climate has become hotter and drier. Variation from the average annual precipitation ranges from 6–50 percent across the basin. Drier periods are getting longer during the long rains (MAM) and more pronounced. Increased rainfall trends are experienced in the southern and eastern portions of the LVB in Tanzania during short rains (OND). Drought is a recurrent phenomenon within the basin as indicated by increased frequency of severe droughts coupled with extreme flooding, such as the 2006, 2009, and 2015 El Niño events.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is now my pleasure to welcome the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Eng Emmanuel Kalobelo for official opening of workshop on climate change adaptation through public-private partnership in lake Victoria basin