For SDG 6, which aims to "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” by 2030, a 2020 Data Drive was launched to close the data gap in order to ensure sufficient country data to produce a global baseline for SDG 6. This involves countries collecting and reporting data on various SDG 6 indicators to multiple UN agencies to track progress and ensure accountability.
With the support of the SDG6 IWRM program, countries who adopted SDG 6 and committed to monitor and report on indicator 6.5.1 - which tracks the degree of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) implementation have a deadline of July 31st to submit the second monitoring report to the SDG 6.5.1 custodian, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).The first reporting cycle was done in 2017 and the Support Program assists governments in designing and implementing country-led responses to SDG 6.5.1.
To this effect, country consultations with mutiple stakeholders inorder to collect additional information, confirm or counteract the data included in the draft version of the questionnaire and to validate the national monitoring report on SDG 6.5.1 are underway in implementing countries. It is within this framework that the Regional Water Partnership for Central Africa (GWP-CAf ) through CWP-CAR supported the Central African Republic Ministry of Energy, Development and Water resources in hosting a the workshop to validate the report on the 2nd data collection on SDG 6.5.1 in the country which began in January 2020. The workshop was attended by twenty multi-stakeholders whose activities are related to IWRM.
In his opening remarks, the chairman of the workshop ,Mr. Alain Fidèle KOLONGATO NGBADOU, Director of Cabinet for the Ministry of Energy Development and Hydraulic Resources, thanked participants for their presence despite the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighted the objectives of the workshop and urged the experts to contribute to the improvement of the report. Finally, he expressed the government's gratitude to GWP-CAffor its technical and financial support throughout the SDG 6.5.1 monitoring process in the country.
To facilitate the stakeholder consultation process, a committee was set up with members: Mr. Sylvain GUEBANDA, Water Resources Officer and Regional Chair, GWP-CAf (Chairman), Rodrigue Prosper YAKENDE, Chair GWP-CAR (Vice-President), Mr. Barnabé FALIBAI, Director General of Water Resources and SDG 6.5.1 Focal Point(Rapporteur) and Mr. Pierre Alfred LEBARAMO, Facilitator of the SDG 6.5.1 process (Deputy Rapporteur).
The first of three presentations made during the workshop was done by Mr. Pierre Alfred LEBARAMO, highlighting the adoption of the SDG Program in 2015 by the UN member states and the importance of SDG 6 on water and sanitation with a keen focus on indicator 6.5.1. The second presentation by Mr. Barnabé FALIBAI was on the 2017 national monitoring report on indicator 6.5.1 and specificities of the process of drafting the 2020 report. He emphasized that this year's process is more inclusive and participatory as it involves multi-stakeholders. Mr. Pierre Alfred LEBARAMO made the final presentation on the main sections of the report and scores obtained.
After the presentations, general discussions focused on some concerns related to the average rating of 31% (medium-low) for CAR in the 2017 report, 2020 report duration, questionnaire response methodology, implementation level of the 2017 report recommendations and the improved rating for the country. These concerns were addressed by the Director General of Hydraulic Resources (DGRH) who recommended that extra effort needed to be made to improve the ratings of sections 3 and 4 relating to management instruments and financing.
The participants were split up into four working groups for each section of the questionnaire (Enabling environment, institutions and participation, management instruments) to make substantive and formal amendments to the report. Two main items were highlighted in the plenary session which followed the group work: (i) the urgent need to validate the National Water Policy document and (ii) mobilizing funds for the development and implementation of the IWRM program in CAR. The participants made recommendations to the government to:
i) harmonize the semantics of all the perspective headings of the monitoring matrix,
ii) develop, elaborate and monitor actions to improve the indicators
iii) set up a sectoral working group to monitor SDG 6 in the country.
In unison, participants adopted with amendments the national monitoring report on SDG 6.5.1. In his closing address, Mr. Barnabé FALIBAI expressed his satisfaction with the execution of the workshop and thanked participants for their relevant contributions to improving the report. He also added that the report would be finalized on the basis of the contributions made during the workshop, before submission to UNEP.