Thursday,14 December, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1228, (8 - 14 January 2015)
Thursday,14 December, 2017
Issue 1228, (8 - 14 January 2015)

Ahram Weekly

A Sudanese initiative

SUDANESE young people are working to conserve their country’s water resources, writes Mahmoud Bakr

Sudanese participants at the Sixth Arab-African Youth Environmental Forum, held recently in Luxor and Aswan, suggested ideas to boost awareness of the need to improve water quality in Sudan.

Seif Al-Din Zarrouq Al-Haj, who works for the UNESCO Water Centre in Sudan, described an experiment he was part of in Sudan.

Members of the Sudanese Youth Organisation for Water Resources, an NGO, obtained equipment that could gauge the suitability of water for consumption and trained school and college students to use them, he said.

The equipment monitors acidity levels, solid particles, temperature and oxygen levels. If the readings are not within the acceptable range, the water is deemed unhealthy for human use, Al-Haj said.

The Arab Federation for Youths and the Environment (AFYE) has promised to replicate this project in other Arab and African countries. Alaaddin Ramadan, head of the Biological Society in Sudan, a professional group, said that a water-monitoring programme was started in 2007 and is implemented in two new schools or universities every year.

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