International donor community supports water strategy [Archives:2005/815/Local News]

February 10 2005

At the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, on 18 January 2005, representatives of key donors active in the water sector in Yemen signed a Declaration of Support for the National Water Sector Strategy and Investment Plan (NWSSIP) for 2005 to 2009.

Copies of the Declaration the donor community congratulates the Ministry of Water and Environment on the successful development of NWSSIP and declares its preparedness to support NWSSIP's implementation.

NWSSIP has, for the first time, condensed all relevant sector issues in a single strategy document, including an action plan and an investment programme, and has thus laid the foundation for an integrated solution vis-a-vis the imminent water crisis and related challenges. NWSSIP is seen by the donors as an important step towards an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach.

NWSSIP is also in line with and builds further on national development objectives, as laid down in the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and will assist in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for the water sector. NWSSIP will form the basis of the sector's input in the MDG-based 5 year Development Plan for Poverty Reduction (DPPR) 2006-2010.