GEMS/Water at the Africa Water Week, July 2016, Dar-es-Salaam

Representatives from the GEMS/Water team participated in the 6th Africa Water Week that took place from the 18th to the 22nd of July 2016 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The annually held Africa Water Week is organised by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW).

At the GEMS/Water booth in the exhibition hall the team interacted with representatives of ministries and water authorities from numerous African countries to discuss participation in the GEMS/Water Programme, modalities and capacity development. Questionnaires were handed out by the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre to assess the countries’ capacity development needs with regard to freshwater quality monitoring. A live demonstration of an online training module for SDG indicator 6.3.2 on freshwater quality received a lot of attention from interested representatives from ministries and authorities responsible for water quality too.

The GEMS/Water team also participated in various technical session, such as one on Defining National SDG targets and indicators on water quality and wastewater and Improving Water Quality and Ecosystems Health.

The whole GEMS/Water team thanks AMCOW and the host country Tanzania for organising a successful conference and is looking forward to the next Africa Water Week!