Water development pledge for Africa - UN FAO

23 December 2008

The conference brought together ministers from 53 countries and a key part of the final declaration was support for hydro power development. They backed clean energy production and strengthening regional power pools.

Strategically, they advocated the implementation of integrated development of water, agriculture and energy programmes to enhance sustainable development. Specifically, they also sought accelerated investment in water resources for agriculture and energy.

The mid-December conference, held in Libya, noted that Africa was likely to suffer severely from the impact of climate change. Concerns were raised especially about the diminishing size of Lake Chad.

The ministers agreed to push research and development of renewable energy and agriculture as part of the measures to mitigate the most excessive impacts of climate change.

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