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“Promoting collaboration despite distance and building a community of practice through the use of social media and web 2.0 collaborative tools both between SAWAP team members and with stakeholders or BRICKS implementing institutions This is the overall goal of the regional SAWAP capacity building workshop and media men / women on the use of social media and web 2.0 collaborative tools for development.

This workshop, which takes place from February 13 to 16, 2017 in the city of ACCRA brings together about forty participants from the twelve (12) SAWAP countries except Senegal, which could not join the team, journalists from SAWAP countries, members of the BRICKS implementing institutions CILSS, OSS and IUCN. Organized as part of the implementation of the 2017 BRICKS Communication Plan for which IUCN is in charge, this workshop will enhance the knowledge and skills of SAWAP teams on social media and collaborative tools to contribute to better communication. dissemination of good practices, success stories and different project results, but also improve collaboration between remote teams but stakeholders in the same SAWAP community.

The opening ceremony of this regional workshop was chaired by Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) of Ghana with his adviser at his side. Technical and Ms Saadia Owusu-Amofah representing IUCN Ghana.

SAWAP-Project-Ms-saadiaMs Saadia Owusu-Amofah, after having greeted and thanked the presence of the various participants in this workshop on behalf of the three BRICKS implementing institutions: CILSS, OSS, IUCN, recalled the many communication actions around the Great Green Wall and Sustainable Land and Water Management, which have been implemented by BRICKS since its launch in 2014, namely: the development of a communication strategy and plan and their implementation, the strengthening of capabilities of BRICKS and SAWAP team members, the development of communication tools, the management and sharing of knowledge through social media of the project and the SAWAP portal or the networking of experts. While commending the World Bank, which in close alignment with its development objectives for the Africa region, has expressed a keen interest for 12 of its States through this project, it has welcomed the commitment of CILSS and OSS which IUCN’s leadership in communication within the BRICKS project is helping to build synergy in building a sustainable community of practice for a world where nature is conserved and valued.

DSC_1073-300x200The official opening address of Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, was mainly focused on the reminder of the vital importance of Sustainable Management of Land and Water. Indeed, respect for natural landscapes, protection and management of water sources. “Water is paramount, we can not create it, so we have to manage it optimally”, this sentence explains in its meaning all the interest that Ghana and his government brings to land and water issues. example of this workshop which is an extension platform of Sustainable Land and Water Management, the reduction of land degradation and the restoration of degraded lands. And this through communication tools such as social media and collaborative tools that no doubt contribute to the efforts to address the challenges of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Water.  These words of encouragement and thanks marked the official opening of this 4-day workshop in the beautiful capital of Ghana.