PRESS RELEASE: Unlocking the Potential of Rainwater – Full proceedings of the International Symposium 2015 in Ethiopia

July 17th, 2015By: Rain editor

The Press Release
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (July 17, 2015) — Rainwater harvesting can have a huge impact on climate resilience, food security, hygiene and sanitation. At a recent meeting in Addis Ababa, the participants put together a Declaration that calls on policy makers, donors and practitioners to acknowledge the positive effects that rainwater harvesting can have on water supply, climate resilience, food security and well-being.
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The Addis Ababa Symposium Declaration
The participants and supporting organisations of the International Rainwater Harvesting Symposium 2015 call on policy makers, donors and practitioners to acknowledge the huge positive impact that rainwater harvesting at landscape level can exert on climate resilience, food security, and WASH. This declaration is based on the premise that rainfall is an important manageable resource that is available for wider use. Rainwater harvesting should be scaled up and integrated into broader policies, strategies and plans to increase its potential impact. We urge the immediate development of effective policy actions at local, national, and regional level in order to support the mobilization and use of rainwater for food security and rural livelihood improvement.
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The proceedings of the International Symposium on Rainwater Harvesting and Resilience 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
These proceedings are based on the session reports by rapporteurs in Segment I of the International Symposium on Rainwater Harvesting: the High Level Policy Dialogue and on the session reports of Segment II of the International Symposium on Rainwater Harvesting: the Write shop. Via a link in this document photos can be downloaded. In addition, all presentations of the Practical Workshop can also be downloaded.
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