Sudanese engineer working with UNEP honoured on World Water Da y06 April, 2011
By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)
Khartoum, (Sudanow) – Dr Hamid Omer Ali , a leading engineer working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has been honoured for his lifetime contribution to the water sector in Sudan.
Dr. Hamid Omer, a Senior Water Resource consultant with UNEP, was presented with two awards by the Minister of Public Education, Dr Farah Mustafa, at a World Water Day event in Khartoum.
To mark his contribution to Sudan’s water sector over more than three decades, Dr Hamid Omer received an Appreciation Certificate from the International Hydrological Program and a recognition award from the UNESCO National Committee, which staged the event.
Among his experience, Dr Hamid Omer worked for the Rural Water Corporation in Darfur for 13 years, initially as a hydro-geologist and geophysicist and later as its Director-General. More recently he worked on the design of water supply systems in Nyala and El Fasher towns in Darfur for the Darfur Reconstruction and Development Fund.
For the past four years, Dr Hamid Omer has been at the forefront of cooperative efforts by UNEP to further sound management practices, research and government policy to promote sustainable and equitable water resource management in Sudan.
He was part of the UNEP team which worked with the Groundwater and Waddies Department to identify locations with a significant risk of acute groundwater depletion in IDP camps in Darfur; helped broker a US$12 million investment by UK aid in urban water management in Darfur; and also supported the development of drought contingency planning for Darfur.
Speaking at the event, UNEP Programme Coordinator, Brendan Bromwich, said Dr Hamid Omer had helped draw attention to the need for improved urban planning and greater investment in water and environmental services and infrastructure in the face of rapid urbanization.
“Urbanisation is transforming Sudan as we know it, and while the scale of the challenge to meet communities’ changing needs is enormous, with capable engineers and scientists of the calibre of Dr Hamid, there is much that can be done,” Mr Bromwich said.
“It’s been a great honour for me to work with Dr Hamid over the past four years and I am delighted to see his work formally recognized,” he said.
The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Dr. Salaheldin Yousif, and the UNESCO Country Director, Ibrahimo Sidibi, were also among the 300 participants at the World Water Day event.
Integrated Water Resources Management is a major theme of UNEP’s work in Sudan and is supported by UKaid from the Department for International Development.
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