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Nigeria adopts eco-hydrological solutions to tackle water challenges



Nigeria adopts eco-hydrological solutions to tackle water challenges

By Tosin Kolade

Nigeria has started the process of adopting eco-hydrological solutions and innovations to address water challenges.

Ecohydrology uses the understanding of the relationships between human hydrological influences to improve water security, enhance biodiversity, and increase opportunities for sustainable water resource development.

This was revealed on Monday by Mr. John Ochigbo, director of river basin operations and inspection, who represented the Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu, at a four-day regional workshop.

The workshop on: “Strengthening the eco-hydrological approach as a tool for improving water quality in West Africa” ​​was organized by the National Institute of Water Resources, Kaduna, in collaboration with UNESCO.

Ochigbo said the idea of ​​eco-hydrology was not to challenge but to complement hydrotechnical solutions for managing water resources.

He said eco-hydrology solutions and innovations would give way to high quality given the gradual degradation of water resources and ecosystems in the West African sub-region.

“Eco-hydrology is gaining ground worldwide as a problem-solving science and it is imperative to generate interest in the implementation of this new approach to environmental water management for means sustainable livelihoods.

“Many water professionals and practitioners have an engineering background with little or no knowledge of how to adapt eco-hydrology approaches in their work.

“There is a need to improve understanding of eco-hydrology and to equip professionals in the sector with the necessary tools to implement integrated water resources management and ensure water security,” Ochigbo said.

In his welcoming speech, Dr Dimitri Sanga, from UNESCO’s regional office in Dakar, noted that millions of people, especially in Africa, are facing a large-scale water crisis.

“We need good water management, especially in Africa because it plays a fundamental role in ensuring that there is enough to drink, to grow food and to maintain good sanitary conditions.

“Water has ecological, social and economic dimensions and its management can have consequences or benefits for communities, groups and individuals around the world, especially in Africa.

“We rely so heavily on water as an important life system, but water faces persistent threats of overuse, contamination, population pressure and the adverse impacts of climate change.

“As such, expanding the applications of eco-hydrology will be essential to address these issues,” she said.

In his message of goodwill, the Secretary-General of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Olagunju Idowu, said that Nigeria has witnessed the emergence of many diseases due to poor hygiene.

“In 2005, West Africa recorded more than 63,000 cases of cholera resulting in 1,000 deaths. Senegal has been severely affected by flooding in the rainy season, ” he said.

Idowu called on Nigerians to embrace the technological momentum that would allow the country to improve access to clean water. (NAA)

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