Monrovia– At the end of the intensive two-day review of the Draft Regional Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) synthesis report which largely focuses on the Moa Makona and Cavalla river basins, stakeholders from the four member countries of MRU including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire endorsed the report with a number of policy recommendations and comments which they believe are fundamentally essential to the report.
Among other things, the body recommended the need for additional training on IWRM at the diplomatic level as well as the sponsorship of a university program in a national institution of higher learning for Member States to build the capacity of technicians. and also that additional research be supported to fill the limited gaps in the TDA reports. It was further recommended that the recruitment of an international consultant take into account both Anglophones and Francophones to avoid the problem of language barrier and that future projects in the basin consider adequate allocation of funds to avoid gaps in research or implementation. It was recommended that the issue of the use of water resources by gender be considered by the consultants.
The meeting, led by the National Coordinating Committee (NPCU) and overseen by the Regional Executing Agency (REA) of the MRU, addressed the issues of the regional synthesis report, discussed and confirmed the issues identified, confirmed the priority cross-border issues identified, consolidated comments and applicable insert. amendments in support of national stakeholder inputs on the draft regional synthesis report, among others.
During the official opening ceremony, the MRU National Coordinator, Mr. Christian Jallah, hailed the courage of the workshop participants on behalf of the MRU General Secretary, Ambassador Medina Wesseh, and urged them to use the workshop in the best possible way so that its purpose can yield the desired results. results for the benefit of MRU countries. He recorded the MRU General Secretary’s vested interest in the exercise, which he described as regionally viable for the current and future generation.
Also making a statement, the Deputy Director General of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Mr. Joseph J. Tally, highlighted the scientific relevance of the transboundary diagnostic analysis exercise as the best way forward in regarding the diagnosis of the state of the environment. and shared water resources are concerned.
He hopes that the regional EAT synthesis report will be approved as planned and incorporated as a working tool in the development of the strategic action plan (SAP) of the priority basins, Cavalla and Makona in Liberia.
A regional team of consultants conducted studies in the basins and prepared the regional MRU summary document. As part of this exercise, short-term field missions were organized to visit sites of particular interest in the target base, including the Cavalla and Mao Markona rivers. From 2004 to 2008, Heads of State of member countries demonstrated greater political will to revive MRU with more ambitious goals, with particular emphasis on the sustainable use and management of important natural resources in the MRU area, including water and forest resources. At the end of the workshop, a resolution should be adopted by the participants to approve the version reviewed for regional validation.