Message from Minister Flavien Joubert to commemorate World Water Day

World Water Day

Today, Seychelles is joining the rest of the world to celebrate World Water Day. March 22nd is recognised by the United Nations as the international World Water Day, which is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management and use of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is Groundwater: making Invisible Visible.

Groundwater acts as a natural water store. It is fed by precipitation. Water can resurface to replenish streams, rivers and lakes.

Previous studies have shown that we do have potential to abstract groundwater. However, given the terrain characteristic and land ownership issue, this may pose certain challenge.

Whilst we recognize the importance of water in our everyday lives, we also acknowledge that water is one of the most important resources that most industries depend on.

Government remains committed, to develop water infrastructures to ensure that the population is supplied with sufficient water for consumption. Given that the demand for water is increasing, the need to conserve sources of water including groundwater is vital.

As a Small Island State, we continue to face challenges such as irregular extreme weather events such as rainfall pattern, longer dry periods and salt-water intrusion. We need to plan well.

Let’s recognize appreciate the work that others are doing e.g. the Public Utilities Corporation to build and manage water abstraction and distribution infrastructure. We also acknowledge the work of the private sector and community groups through various projects such as Ecosystem Based adaptation projects.

Let us take time to celebrate water and reflect on the need and importance of water in all that we do in so many ways. There is a need for us to continue to better manage water resources in an integrated manner, so as to ensure sustainable protection of our country’s water resources in terms of efficient consumption.

The pandemic has taught us that water is valued beyond its price and that water amongst other resources must be used efficiently.