MINEE evaluates the state of implementation of the indicator 6.5.1. of SDGs

The Ministry of Water and Energy (MINEE) of Cameroon, in collaboration with GWP Cameroon, organized on 28th September 2017, a workshop on the "Degree of implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (SDG indicator 6.5.1)" in Cameroon as part of the process of supporting Cameroon in monitoring and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, specifically target 6.5: “By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate”.

This target supports the equitable and efficient use of water resources, which is essential for social and economic development, as well as environmental sustainability.

The workshop, which brought together more than 30 participants drawn from government ministries involved in water resources management, the council support fund, United Nations Agencies, Civil Society Organisations, amongst others, is part of the stakeholder consultation process to participatorily evaluate the degree on implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the country. The objective of the workshop was to ensure a mutual understanding by all key stakeholders on SDG target 6.5.1. related to IWRM, and agree on scores for the implementation progress on IWRM in the SDG6.5.1 questionnaire.

During the workshop, participants worked together in groups and in plenary to fill in a participatory manner, the survey form on tracking the implementation progress on IWRM activities within the country. The questionnaire is structured around four IWRM pillars: “Enabling Environment”, “Institutions and Participation”, “Management Instruments” and “Financing. Based”. The stakeholders, after two days of meeting, evaluated the degree of implementation of IWRM in Cameroon to be about 34%.

At the end of the meeting, participants recommended that MINEE draw up a roadmap for the monitoring implementation progress on SDG indicator 6.5.1. Expressing the commitment of the MINEE to continuous tracking IWRM progress in the country, Mr. WANG Sonne, National Focal Point for SDG 6.5.1 in Cameroon, said: "We will work together with GWP Cameroon and all key stakeholders to coordinate the implementation and monitoring of the SDG 6.5.1. in Cameroon”.