PM recognizes enormous challenges in the water and sanitation sectors that are key to the country’s development

Praia, Jul 9 (Inforpress) – The Prime Minister (PM) today recognized in the City of Praia, that Cabo Verde, an archipelago with high environmental vulnerabilities, faces enormous challenges in the water and sanitation sectors, areas considered crucial for the development.

Ulisses Correia e Silva, who admitted this reality by presiding at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Ordinary Meeting of the National Council of Water and Sanitation (CNAS), said that besides having a context of “high environmental vulnerability”, the country is Sahelian, low rainfall, water scarcity and exposure to external shocks and the effects of climate change.

“Water and sanitation are two key sectors for the country’s development with impacts on people’s quality of life, the economy and the Sustainable Development Goals”, said the official, stressing that the country’s natural conditions “obliges the authorities to develop tailor-made solutions”.

According to Ulisses Correia e Silva, agriculture consumes about 70 percent (%) of the country’s water resources, making the strategy integrate water, energy, research, financing mechanisms and instruments to deal with external shocks and emergency situations, agricultural and livestock management, appropriate technologies, new modes and methods of production and change of attitude towards resilience and productivity.