NBI together with a team from GIZ Germany have launched a project aimed at improving Climate Services for Infrastructure Investments (CSI) in the Nile Basin. The kick-off workshop on 11-12 May 2017 at the NBI Secretariat in Entebbe, Uganda, tied in with an ongoing process to develop an overarching milestone plan and detailed work plan for NBI's aim to mainstream climate change into development plans and projects across the Basin.
The CSI project specifically will provide Member States with information that will improve resilience of water sector infrastructure projects to the negative impacts of climate change such as floods and drought.
This is not the first time that NBI is addressing climate change issues within its programs and activities, given that the Nile Basin is highly vulnerable to its impacts. Among earlier initiatives are the development of a Climate Change Strategy in 2013 and the continuous use of climate change projections in generating estimates of future water demands, water availability and basin water balance. In addition, NBI's investment programs, namely the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) in Addis Ababa and NELSAP-Coordination Unit in Kigali, respectively have developed guidelines and approach papers for climate proofing of water resources investments.
The workshop served as a platform for deliberations on how to design the NBI-wide, multi-donor, climate change work program, with the CSI project feeding into it as an important building block.
The CSI project at NBI is part of a global program supported by GIZ under the International Climate Initiative, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).