Africa’s potential in the blue economy highlighted in the World Water Congress

Thirty-eight countries in the African continent are bordered by the ocean or the sea, but for 70% of them, their maritime exclusive economic zones are largely under-exploited. The maritime zones under African jurisdiction cover some 13 Million km2 and some 6.5 km2 of continental shelf. In a video(link is external) broadcast on 1 June last during the Digital World Water Congress organized by the International Water Association (IWA), the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina, extolled the […]

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How ESA helps South Africa share water fairly

How ESA helps South Africa share water fairly ESA / Clustered at the edge of the Crocodile River in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, stand thousands of farms and small holdings growing fresh fruit and sugar cane. Water to irrigate the crops is taken from the river, but this slows its flow rate and leaves less for those downstream. On World Water Day, how can the government achieve the sustainable use of water for the benefit of all South Africans? ESA […]

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Water project improves quality of life, halts school abstention rate in Rwanda

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Beatrice Icyimanaizanye considers it a miracle that she no longer has to walk more than 6 km in search of water. She can now fetch it almost at her doorstep. She is overjoyed as she narrates how a project funded by the African Development Bank has enabled her community in Tumba village in Rwanda’s Rulindo district to access safe and clean water. “Before the water supply system was completed in this village, life was very difficult, especially for mothers like […]

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