8th Edition of FLoWS

17 Jun 2013

8th Edition of FLoWS takes “Rainwater Harvesting” as its Theme

On June 6, 2013 the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Water and Energy in collaboration with Research-inspired Policy and Practice Learning in Ethiopia-RiPPLE organized a day long national workshop dubbed as FLoWS (Forum for Learning on Water and Sanitation).

“Rainwater Harvesting” was the theme of this 8th edition of FLoWS where a number of studies related to rainwater harvesting were presented. 

In his welcome address Abiti Getaneh, Research and Development Directorate Director with the Ministry of Water and Energy reflected on the objectives behind FLoWS and the results of the previous seven sessions organized so far. He also informed participants about the objectives and expectations of the current FLoWS session. 

Also as part of the opening session Executive Director of RiPPLE Deres Abdulkadir briefed participants about RiPPLE and its role in organizing FLoWS. He also announced that as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between RiPPLE and the Ministry of Water and Energy, RiPPLE will keep on providing technical and financial support to FLoWS for the coming four years.  

During the daylong workshop, a number of studies related to Rainwater Harvesting were presented by experts from NGOs, academic institutions and the Ministry of Water and Energy. Some of the themes of the presentations include draft rapid policy analysis report on sand dams for MUS in Ethiopia; evaluation of infield rainwater harvesting techniques for crop production and soil conservation in the semi-arid areas of Eastern Ethiopia; rainwater harvesting experiences in Ethiopia; concepts of 3R (Recharge Retention and Reuse); rainwater harvesting for climate change adaptation; as well as a review of researchable issues in water and energy sector development. Of the researchable issues in water and energy sector as presented by the Ministry, rainwater harvesting was mentioned as one of the issues in focus.  

All the presentations were followed by lively deliberations by participants that, according to the presenters, brought important inputs to the issues under discussion.  

The participants were drawn from the Ministry of Water and Energy, regional water, energy and mines bureaus, academic institutions , funding agencies , NGOs working on water and related services.