Water is critical ingredient in many processes at domestic, commercial, industrial and institutional levels without which many of the processes would stall. Water is used for human consumption, ensuring hygiene and sanitation at household, commercial and industrial levels. It is also used in the cleaning, processing of food-stuffs, leather and textiles and extraction oil & gas and mining of hard metal minerals. As a result of this, water is prone to be abused and polluted. In addition, “water is life”. it is an essential ingredient in supporting all life forms on land and in water. It is therefore important that the sanctity and availability of water is assured and secured. This has formed and continues to form the basis for guiding the programme focus for WGI.
Since its inception in 2008, the engagement of government and others stakeholders on policy, governance and development issues related to water, its associated natural resources, infrastructure and availability challenges linked to use of water is part of the overarching programme focus of WGI.
Over years, WGI has positioned itself to provide conceptual leadership on water by providing empirical case studies of good practice, identifying and facilitating actions around critical issues of citizen concern, advocating for policy reforms and sharing information and knowledge to effect changes in the sector geared to efficient, effective and sustainable use of water, its associated natural resources and infrastructure. WGI remains one of the very few national organizations whose sole purpose is committed to monitoring the implementation of national programmes and their performance in relation to the critical concerns of citizens and the environment.
There are regional and international frameworks, protocols, convention, treaties and agreements geared to natural resources use and management and the safeguarding of water that will continue to inform and be part of the programme focus for WGI such as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Trans-boundary Water Resources Management, United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), United Nations Convention to combat Desertification (UNCCD), among others.
During this period, 2008–2018, WGI will remain committed to its purpose and will create linkages with other frameworks to strengthen its facilitative role in promoting community, national and regional process on critical issues of concern linked to water, its associated natural resources and infrastructure geared to enhance citizen benefits and facilitate meaningful changes in the sector. This will be pursued in different ways areas, namely:
• Capacity building for interest groups in Natural Resources management
• Consultancy in water resources management
• Research and Development
• Coordination and Networking
• Contracts Monitoring and Management
• Information exchange and dissemination
The programme areas include:
• Rain (flood) Water Harvesting and Groundwater Recharge
• Water Quality, supply and Sanitation
• Hydropower Analysis
• Water – Extractive Industries’ (oil , Gas &minerals) interaction
• Biogas Energy Promotion
• Aquaculture (Fish Farming)
• Irrigation-based Production
• Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
• Climate Change Assessment and Disaster Risks Reduction
• Policy, Basic and Action Research