As Yemen Approaches a Destined Water Shortage Crisis A Seminar on Water and Environmnet [Archives:2000/44/Front Page]

October 30 2000

Under the stewardship of Dr. Abdulkareem Al-Iryani, the Prime Minister, a seminar on Water and Environment in Yemen, the Seed for Capacity Building was organized by the Water & Environment Center in cooperation with IHE DELFT and the Royal Netherlands Embassy on 28 and 29 of October.
In the opening session, Mr. Ahmad Mohammed Sufan, Minster of Planning and Development pointed out the danger future generations are bound to face due to accelerating scarcity of water. He said that the individuals share of water is 80 m3 of water while it reaches 7000 m3 in other countries of the world. 
Prof. Win Van Vierssen, Rector of the International Institute for Infrastructure, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering in the Netherlands highlighted the long standing relationship between the center and the Water and Environment center in Yemen. He said that they were providing help to Yemen by working together and gradually transferring information. You can share information by working together but eventually it is all about knowledge which is much more than information, he said. Knowledge includes building up experience, showing how you should manage the organization resources, how you build water institution. Over the ten last years we have been working together, transferring ideas,  information and, in particular, knowledge of how to build water institutions and how to manage water resources. I have seen that participants from University of Sanaa have built up their own expertise. So at a stage you will become confident that these people have seen so much and they can do their own job by themselves, he added. 
Mr. Anwar Sahooly, Chairman of the Technical Secretariat at the Ministry of Electricity and Water indicated the aim of the seminar as working on the capacity building of the institutions in the water and environment sector. All these institutions and ministries have made their own policies and strategies to restructure and make these institutions more efficient to give proper and good quality services. Those strategies need highly qualified staff to implement them. The capacity building means capacity building of institutions and personnel. Therefor we have in this seminar brought everybody who work in all these organizations together to speak about their programs about their initiatives in capacity building human resource development and training all their staff in the water and environment sector, he said. 
One of the institutions which has been doing such work is the Water and Environment Center. Mr. Sahooly added that a draft of recommendations and a workable propositions would be presented at the end of the seminar to the government concerning capacity building in the field of water and environment.