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The workshop of experts on freshwater augmentation technologies from
Africa, who finalized this report in Harare, made the following
- UNEP should facilitate the distribution of the Source Book(s) for use
by planners, water resource managers, extension workers, researchers and
- Institutions (governmental and private, NGOs and donors), both local
and international, should strengthen the development and adoption of
favourable policies for the use of freshwater augmentation techniques;
wherever practicable, they should sponsor local entrepreneurs to further
develop some of these techniques.
- UNEP, in collaboration with other multilateral and bilateral agencies
and programmes, should facilitate, through appropriate institutions, the
regular updating of the Source Book(s). Users of the Source Book(s)
should promote the Source Book(s) by documenting further development of
existing technologies and by providing information on new technologies.
- Local training institutions should support applied research
programmes aimed at improving the performance of existing freshwater
augmentation techniques and the development of new ones. The collection
of new, and the updating of existing, information should be made an
ongoing activity of the participating institutions.
- Implementing agencies should, insofar as is practicable, build on
local experiences and structures, giving due consideration to cultural
practices and emphasizing partnerships with beneficiary communities. A
community-centred decision-making process, especially one that builds on
women's capacities, should be adopted for successful promotion of many
of these technologies.
- Implementing agencies and beneficiary communities should endeavour to
better document alternative technologies and their experiences,
especially with regard to costs and benefits, in order to ascertain the
effectiveness and efficiency of the technologies.
- The recipients of the book should endeavour to promote its use and to
circulate the information.