CHIESA Holds Training on Water Resources Management in Kilimanjaro

The Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa (CHIESA) held a five day training course on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at the Uhuru Hotel and Conference Center in Moshi, Tanzania.

The event, which took place from 7th to 11th January,2013, brought together stakeholders from the water management and distribution sector in Tanzania. These included founders and members of water user associations, project managers and engineers from diverse farm/ crop institutions, and commercial bottlers and distributors of drinking water.

Group pic IWRM trainees and facilitators

In his opening remarks, Dr. Tino Johansson, the CHIESA Project Coordinator, stressed that studying climate change in its entirety creates knowledge and information to develop adaptation options. He further acknowledged that an integrated understanding of ecosystems, water and land use, as well as entomological research have a direct effect on food security.

Participants in the training benefitted from presentations exploring topics such as Concepts of Water Resources Management, Challenges on Water Resources Management and Climate Change and Water Related Adaptation Measures. Included in the programme was a field trip to the Miwaleni Springs in Moshi, where participants got to see firsthand the water management methods currently in use. Trainees also took part in daily group discussions guided by structured yet relevant questions, and presented their key points and recommendations.

Miwaleni Springs and surrounding Miwaleni trees

The Miwaleni Springs recharged by rainfall and glacial melt from Mt. Kilimanjaro, were of particular interest to the group as locals expressed concern over decreasing water levels. Since the Miwaleni Springs contribute substantially to the Nyumba ya Mungu Reservoir water volume, measures must be put in place to protect this valuable water resource. The springs are currently unprotected, meaning locals frequently use its water for domestic and sanitary purposes; this brings the added worry of water pollution. On a positive note, however, the Miwaleni Springs still manage to maintain a near constant flow to the Nyumba ya Mungu Dam, ensuring sustenance even when rainfall is scarce.

The IWRM training was organized by the University of Dar es Salaam, with support from the CHIESA Project. For details of upcoming CHIESA training events please click here, or get in touch with the project team to receive training material.

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