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Record Identifier:LEX-FAOC178049
Date of Entry:2018-07-25
Initials - Entry:gao
Date of last modification:2018-08-23
Initials - Modify:hup
Record Status:C
Sub-file Code:WA
Main Area(s):WA-Water
Language of the FAOLEX Record:E
Language of Received Document:English
Title of Text:National Awareness Strategy for Water and Sewerage.
Type of Text:P
Descriptors (WA):019; 232; 233; 849; 850; 474; 663; 817
policy/planning; water supply; sewerage; sustainable development; sustainable use; potable water; capacity building; financing
Date of Text:2017
Related Web
Related Files: mdv178049.pdf; DE:mdv178049.pdf
SO1 coverage:No
SO2 coverage:No
SO3 coverage:Minor
SO4 coverage:No
SO5 coverage:No
Abstract:This National Awareness Strategy for Water and Sewerage aspires to promote awareness in all. This Strategy presents a five-year national awareness campaign - FENFAHI campaign (2017-2021). The key objective of the campaign is to enable the public to become more knowledgeable, responsible and involved in water resources, water supply and sewerage systems management. The campaign outlines key themes that will be integrated into education programs that lead to action. The Goal of the FENFAHI campaign is: Inform, educate and strengthen the capacities of individual(s) and communities and establish networks to manage water and to gain water security.

Acccording to the Policy , the average ground level of the islands of the Maldives in is 1.5 meters above sea level, making it the planet's lowest country.There are no rivers or streams in any of the islands of Maldives. The main freshwater resources exist as groundwater in basal aquifers, generally unconī€ned in nature and extending below sea level in the form of a thin fresh water lens. The groundwater aquifers are vulnerable to saline intrusion owing to the freshwater-seawater interaction and need to be carefully managed to avoid over-exploitation. By the end of 2016, 41% of the population had access to safe water supply. 87% of the population in the islands uses rainwater for drinking. The Policy defines six specific campaign objectives: 1. Improve awareness and engagement of government officials and donor agencies and enhance coordination of activities related to water resources, water supply and sewerage systems management; 2.Educate youth to drive Maldives towards a water secure future; 3.Improve communities commitment to water security and management; 4. Encourage active involvement of businesses and industries in water management, 5. Build adequate capabilities in Maldives to enable integrated water resources management (IWRM). In particular, the actions under campaign objective 3 include: Conduct awareness and education programs to increase awareness and to instigate behavior change; Build partnerships with community groups to enable implementation of programs leading to action; Conduct Training of the Trainers (TOT) programs to enhance skills of facilitators to carry out community education programs; Provide training programs and resources to facilitate water management planning; Provide test kits for water quality testing. The capacity building actions for integrated water resources management under the campaign objective 5 are defined as: Provide information about regulatory compliance requirements and seek participation; Build and leverage partnerships with private sector to sponsor implementation of IWRM; Establish financing and grant schemes for IWRM; Provide formal training and skills development in IWRM.