Strategic plan drawn Saving water resources [Archives:2003/02/Business & Economy]
BY YASSER AL-MAYASI
YEMEN TIMES STAFF
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, in cooperation with FAO and the State Authority for Water Resources, concluded a 3-day workshop on managing the use of water in agriculture.
The workshop discussed activities and achievements of the project in addition to drawing up follow-up strategic plan.
The project of sustainable management of water resources is part of projects funded by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and is part of a program on technical cooperation with the FAO.
The project finished implementing special contents of irrigation policy (2001) and waterfalls’ (2000).
Participants represent the donor countries from the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, the World Bank, the UNDP, the German Bank for reconstruction (KFW), the German Technical cooperation and the European Union (EU) as well as more than 21 participants from interested governmental institutions.
The submitted papers tackled a number of important issues such as the policy of irrigation in Yemen, considered the most important sector and that utilizes water resources in which the percentage used water is around (93%) of the total available water resources.
The water utilities in Yemen have to subject to various traditions and norms that determine the water rights and organize its distribution by following systems of primitive irrigation that is still common in most of Yemeni farms.
The surveys, consultative, and national policies studies for waterfalls in a number of governorates depended on a number of national constants such as constitute and the Fifth Plan for Development contains approaches and national strategies for waters and cultural heritage for the Yemeni society concerning the primitive administration for natural resources.
The National Policy for Waterfalls aims at protecting and developing the natural resources as well as achieving the integral administration for waterfalls and sustainable development.