Climate Justice Programme Update : World Water Day 2017 Malawi

Climate Justice Programme Update : World Water Day 2017 Malawi


This month, we take a closer look at
Malawi’s World Water Day and the National Water Conference… and we hear
from the conference’s special guest, the President of Malawi… and the legendary
Wailing Brothers bring their special message to the people. In Mangochi, Malawi,
the 2017 World Water Day and three-day National Water Conference was held from
the 20th to the 22nd of March along the sparkling shores of Lake Malawi – an ideal
reminder of just what is at stake. Organised by the Water Services
Association of Malawi -WASAMA- the annual National Water Conference is held to
coincide with World Water Day. This year’s three-day event was funded
by the Malawi Government with additional support of many other international
agencies including the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund as
well as support from the University of Strathclyde. The theme for this year’s event was “Waste Water Reuse For Sustainable
Development”. It was an opportunity for Water Experts from across the diverse
country to come together, express their opinions and contribute sharing their
information to the growing concern not only for Lake Malawi
but for the larger picture of meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal
number six to ” ensure availability and sustainable management of water
sanitation for all” by 2030. The conference included many exhibits and
workshops. Included in this year’s programme was a presentation by Professor
Robert Kalin from the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, a world-renowned authority on the subject
of groundwater sciences. Professor Kalin is also the programme manager for for the Climate Justice Project funded by the Scottish Government in partnership with
Water For People. For a number of years now Professor Kalin has been working closely with the Malawi Government and is
helping to make significant contributions to improve the health and
welfare of hundreds of thousands of Malawi’s most remote villages. There are some 500 non-government organisations working across Malawi who
attended World Water Day these included; Water Aid; Just A Drop and
Water For People. The highlight of the three-day event had to be the keynote address by His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika at the close of the
event. ” We cannot take water for granted because we can never take life for
granted. We can’t afford to waste water. Water is life, life is precious and water
is precious. For this reason, we’ll continue implementing projects that provide safe
water across the country. I want us to provide enough water to help people living in Malawi
by 2030. This includes the people of Mangochi and the surrounding areas.” The legendary musicians the “Wailing Brothers” were also on hand this year to close the
event with their first live performance of their new album especially written
for this event entitled ‘Water Is Life’. The new album is a reflection of their
concern for their homeland and its people and their passionate music is a
perfect means to bring this vital message to the people of this beautiful
country. “Right now we are doing the water
project which the ‘Wailing Brothers’ is also involved. For now, I can say we’ve got an
album called ‘Climate Justice’ which was produced here in Malawi also mastered in
UK. We are bringing this message to the people and to the nation and to the
world to understand that the issues of water and Climate Justice and the
change of the climate. These are very very important issues that we can now
tackle together as one the family. For us, it was quite amazing but also an
opportunity to be involved in this project.”

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