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Sudan: UK Government Donor Visits UNEP Environment and Peacebuilding Projects

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“The Republic of Sudan is facing serious natural resource challenges in the face of population growth, urbanisation, climate change and the legacy of conflict.

Steady progress with restoring traditional livelihoods, sustainably managing scarce water resources and adapting to climate change were among the tangible environmental improvements conveyed to the British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Stephen O’Brien, during his visit to Sudan this week.

UKaid from the Department for International Development is the major donor to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Sudan, making possible UNEP’s research-based, wide ranging technical assistance to the government and people of Sudan.

Mr O’Brien’s programme included site visits and briefings on joint efforts to help improve the sustainable and equitable governance of natural resources throughout Sudan.

Officials from UNEP and the government accompanied Mr O’Brien to sites in Darfur where he viewed progress on repairs to dams damaged and neglected over the past years of conflict.

With large movements of people to Darfur’s camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during the conflict years, stress on the groundwater aquifers has become acute, with some water tables dropping by as much as 10 meters.”

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Analysis: World Water Day Promises Much, but We’ve Been Here Before

“The economics of improving water quality was a major theme during the program at World Water Day last week, so an economic maxim is appropriate to summarize the day: talk is cheap. Rather, more specifically, scripted talk is cheap.

“The key remark, as is often the case, was brief and direct, without the padding used in government-speak to hide meaning. Panel moderator Achim Steiner, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, was posing a question about wastewater management.

“This is a simple problem,” Steiner said. “You either filter water before it is consumed, or treat it before discharging it.”

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