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NW China province to provide rainwater utilization technical aid to Kenya


17:04, November 08, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's Gansu province signed a memorandum of cooperation with Kenya at the beginning of this month to share its rainwater harvesting, storage and utilization experiences with the country, local authorities said Tuesday.

According to the memorandum, Gansu will help Kenya's Ministry of Water and Irrigation compile a rainwater utilization plan to expand rainwater recycling techniques in northern Kenya's water-deficient area during the next three years, said Li Yuanhong, dean of the Gansu Research Institute for Water Conservancy.

Management experiences on the application of water resources are also expected to be spread to the Tana River Basin in Kenya.

Meanwhile, Gansu will help Kenya cultivate 15 talents on rainwater utilization and water conservancy, said Li.

As one of the driest provinces in China, with 227 mm of average annual precipitation, Gansu has plentiful experience in water resources utilization.

David Stower, permanent secretary of Kenya's Ministry of Water and Irrigation, said that Gansu's rainwater utilization experiences are worth learning, and profiting from since Kenya -- with an average per capita water capacity of only 647 cubic meters -- is one of the world's most water-scarce nations.

This memorandum is part of the follow-up projects of the sustainable management of Africa's water resources program sponsored by China's Ministry of Science and Technology and the United Nations Environment Programme.

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