Climatic Challenge Dominates NBI Summit

This article was last updated on May 25, 2022

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The member states of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) which include Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda have called for a holistic and exclusive approach to address the problem of climatic change within the Nile Basin.

The NBI Council of Ministers on Thursday in its annual summit which brings representatives of all the ten member states together gathered in Juba reinforce the NBI policies.

Insufficient rain according to some members of NBI has been caused by human activities which have resulted to heavy dependence on the Nile waters.

“Climate change has continued to be a challenge,” Stanilas Kamanzi, Rwanda’s outgoing NBI Chairperson told the summit as he called for more efforts of the international community geared to policies that back campaign for the improvement and protection of climate in the region.

Eprame Kabutu, Uganda’s NBI Representative at the summit also called for more emphasis to address the climatic challenges, saying the population is rapidly growing, warning for exclusive dangers.

Meanwhile Fred Mwango, Kenyan NBI Representative at the even said: “Let’s all work hard to make the Nile a blessing, not a curse.”

The NBI members also outlined the need for raising more finances in order to fully implement the activities of the initiative.

Kamanzi said lack of funds have somehow compromised the full execution of the NBI projects hence making realizing its expected realities a challenge.

The NBI established in 1999 has ten members with South Sudan being the latest to be admitted.

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