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The second Nexus Observatory Workshop took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on February 25-26. The workshop examined water point mapping as a tool for the advancement of a nexus approach to the management of environmental resources in Africa and assembled stakeholders to identify approaches that enhance the sustainability of water sources. Scientists and government functionaries from African countries such as South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi discussed issues of capacity building as well as how to update mechanisms and modalities by which validation and inquiry processes can be undertaken.
The workshop was organized by UNU-FLORES with support from the Water Development Management Institute (WDMI) and the Ministry of Water of the Republic of Tanzania. The two-day workshop was instrumental for paving the way for further cooperation between UNU-FLORES and WDMI, the training institute of the Ministry of Water of Tanzania.
The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Kaika Telele, Deputy Minister of Livestock and Fisheries of Tanzania, Ms Erica Maganga, Deputy Secretary of the Minister of Water of Malawi, Ms. Tatenda Mawokomatanda from the Government of Zimbabwe and the Charge de Affairs for the High Commissioner of the Republic of Mozambique to Tanzania, Mr Jacinto January. Welcoming the participants to the workshop, Mr. Bashir Mrindoko, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water of Tanzania, emphasized the importance of water point mapping as a tool for advancement of the nexus approach to management of environmental resources in Africa. He acknowledged the role of UNU-FLORES in assisting the Ministry with the preparation of a road map for the effective implementation of data collection, updating and verification systems for water point mapping in Tanzania.