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The River Nile is a trans-boundary resource shared by eleven African countries namely Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda with a total population of 437 million people (Compiled by Nile-SEC, based on World Population Prospects 2010: Landscan 2009). The River is one of the world’s longest, stretching about 6,695 kilometers from the farthest source of its headwaters in the Kagera Basin in Rwanda and Burundi through Lake Victoria, to its delta in Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile drains an area of 3.2 million square kilometers – about 10 per cent of Africa.

The Nile Basin is endowed with a rich cultural history, world class environmental assets such as the Sudd in South Sudan, which is one of the world’s largest fresh water wetlands; the world’s second largest inland lake, Lake Victoria (shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) and associated unique endemic flora and fauna. The Basin hosts diverse eco-regions which feature immense diversity, including huge tributary rivers, waterfalls, large lakes, wetlands, floodplains, forests, savannahs, montane ecosystems as well as arid and hyper-arid lands (deserts).It also hosts some of the world’s largest congregations of large mammals and flocks of migratory birds from Eurasia and other regions of Africa. The Basin has also hosted some of the oldest civilizations of mankind. 

At the same time the Basin is facing ever-growing challenges and pressures.  Climate Change is expected to increase the likelihood of extreme events (prolonged droughts and floods) which will adversely affect the food, water and energy security of the riparian countries.  These are compounded by high demographic growth rates (in seven of the 11 riparian countries, population will double in the coming 20 – 25 years) and by the demands of faster economic growth across the basin. Furthermore, the Nile is relatively a water scarce river compared to major rivers of the world (volume is only 5% of the Congo River at Inga, for example).  The upper catchments of the Basin face huge soil loss due to land degradation; the wetlands in the midsection are increasingly threatened by commercial agriculture and land conversion, at the extreme end the Nile Delta by sea water intrusion and soil salinization. In all the regions of the basin there is on-going significant loss of biodiversity.

 

The scientific understanding of the Nile has been limited due to insufficient basin-wide hydrologic, meteorological, climatic, socio-economic, ecosystem related data and information, not to speak of analytic tools and systems and institutional capabilities. There is also asymmetry among the riparian countries in terms of water infrastructure development, institutional and technical capacity (relatively well developed in the two most downstream countries and at incipient stage in the upstream countries). These challenges and threats are by their very nature trans-boundary and no single country is capable of addressing them or their consequences on its own.  

 

Despite these seemingly formidable challenges, the River Nile holds tremendous opportunities for growth, being one of the least developed rivers in the world. The Nile Basin offers significant potentials for cooperative management and development of the common water resources that would confer direct and indirect win-win benefits to all riparian countries. The Basin has significant potential for clean energy (hydropower) development and power trade; for improving and expanding both irrigated and rain-fed agricultural production and increasing water use efficiency; for preservation and use for eco-tourism of designated biospheres which are significant to sustaining global biological diversity. There is also potential for broader economic-regional integration, promotion of regional peace and security; and most important for jointly ensuring the continued existence of the River Nile for posterity through prudent and judicious utilization. 

Recognizing that cooperation on the Nile is crucial to tackle the various development challenges, take advantage of the opportunities for win-win outcomes and to save the River Nile, which continues to be an essential fountain of life for the Nile Basin citizens, the riparian countries have been banding together for the last more than 45 years. 

Nile Cooperation started with the Hydromet project in 1967, focusing on hydro meteorological survey in the lakes region.  Running in parallel to Hydroment was ‘Undugu’ from 1983 to 1992 whose focus was on the establishment of Nile Basin Economic Community. This was later followed by the Technical Cooperation Committee for the Promotion of Development and Environmental Protection of the Basin (TECCONILE) in 1993 among others. TECCONILE focused on technical cooperation (environmental and water quality). However, all these initiatives were beset with lack of inclusivity (there were riparian countries not represented in the effort) and above all, they did not anchor the cooperation effort in a comprehensive institutional setting and within the ambit of a Shared Vision. 

Recognizing the above challenges, the realization of the potential inter-riparian conflict that would ensue from poorly managed, increasingly shrinking and scarce Nile water resources and aware of the significance of an all-inclusive partnership in unlocking the huge mutual benefits from coordinated management and development of the common Nile Basin water resources, the riparian states, with significant support from the international community launched a remarkable partnership, the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on 22 February 1999 to work towards attaining their Shared Vision Objective: ‘To achieve sustainable socio-economic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin Water resources’.  

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NBI Basin wide projects http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-basin-wide-projects http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-basin-wide-projects

Current Project (s)

Nile Cooperation for Results

The 'Nile Cooperation for Results (NCORE)' is a two year project that aims at strengthening the platform for cooperation and knowledge based analysis of trans-boundary options for sustainable basin-wide cooperative planning, management and development of the shared Nile Basin water resources.

The project is funded to the tune of USD 15.3 million from two sources, namely the Nile Basin Trust Fund (NBTF) in the amount of USD13.8 million as well as from the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) Trust Fund in the amount of USD1.5 million. Both trust funds are administered by the World Bank.

The NCORE project is the first phase of the five-year Nile Basin Climate Resilient Growth Program (NBCRG) supported by a number of donors and is a constituent part of NBI's over arching five-year Strategic Plan for the period 2012-2016. It builds on and consolidates NBI's achievements thus far.

The Project consists of three components to be implemented by the three NBI centers as follows:

Component 1 - 'Advancing Nile Basin-Wide Cooperation and Analysis' is implemented by the Secretariat based in Entebbe, This component aims at supporting activities at the NBI Secretariat related to its core functions of Facilitating Cooperation and Water Resource Management. The total funding for this component is USD 5.3 million.

Component 2 - 'Promotion of Sustainable Development and Planning in the Nile Equatorial Lakes Region,' is implemented by the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) based in Kigali, Rwanda. This component supports NBI in its efforts to advance investment opportunities in the Nile Equatorial Lakes region. Its total funding is USD 5.2 million.

Component 3 - focuses on dam safety related initiatives; watershed management; water resources data, information and knowledge base; integrating social and environmental issues; expanding the stakeholder base to enrich the dialogue and build consensus; enhancing awareness and communicating benefits of cooperation. This Component is implemented by the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) based in Addis Ababa. Total funding for this component is USD 4.5 million.

Download the Project Environmental and Social Management Framework

Completed Program (s) / Project (s)

The Shared Vision Program (SVP) became operational in 2004 and ended in December 2009. It comprised seven thematic projects spread across the Basin and coordinated by the Shared Vision Program Coordination (SVP-C) Project.

Among other things, the SVP developed an impressive range of institutional and human resources capacities, created networks of stakeholders and enhanced dialogue throughout the region. The Program also hitherto invaluable wealth of knowledge, promoted an integrated and comprehensive approach to the management and development of the common Nile Basin water resources and helped establish an enabling environment for investment. The SVP was funded to the tune of USD 136 million from Development Partners and NBI Member States contributions.

Project completion reports: 

Institutional Strengthening Project

The four-year Institutional Strengthening Project (ISP) implemented from October 2008 to December 2012 succeeded the Shared Vision Program (SVP). The project provided an opportunity for NBI to consolidate and sustain the gains made under the SVP, built the NBI into a sound platform for ongoing dialogue and cooperation; the ‘go-to’ technical institution for the Nile Basin; a robust partner of choice for trans-boundary water resource management and development and last but not least, an institution that is well placed for transition into a permanent institution. The ISP was funded to the tune of USD 33.76 million from Development Partners and NBI Member States contributions.

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) About Us Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:35:53 +0000
History of Nile Cooperation http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2-about-us/33-history-of-nile-cooperation http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2-about-us/33-history-of-nile-cooperation

The River Nile is a trans-boundary resource shared by eleven African countries namely Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda with a total population of 437 million people (Compiled by Nile-SEC, based on World Population Prospects 2010: Landscan 2009). The River is one of the world’s longest, stretching about 6,695 kilometers from the farthest source of its headwaters in the Kagera Basin in Rwanda and Burundi through Lake Victoria, to its delta in Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile drains an area of 3.2 million square kilometers – about 10 per cent of Africa.

The Nile Basin is endowed with a rich cultural history, world class environmental assets such as the Sudd in South Sudan, which is one of the world’s largest fresh water wetlands; the world’s second largest inland lake, Lake Victoria (shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) and associated unique endemic flora and fauna. The Basin hosts diverse eco-regions which feature immense diversity, including huge tributary rivers, waterfalls, large lakes, wetlands, floodplains, forests, savannahs, montane ecosystems as well as arid and hyper-arid lands (deserts).It also hosts some of the world’s largest congregations of large mammals and flocks of migratory birds from Eurasia and other regions of Africa. The Basin has also hosted some of the oldest civilizations of mankind.

At the same time the Basin is facing ever-growing challenges and pressures. Climate Change is expected to increase the likelihood of extreme events (prolonged droughts and floods) which will adversely affect the food, water and energy security of the riparian countries. These are compounded by high demographic growth rates (in seven of the 11 riparian countries, population will double in the coming 20 – 25 years) and by the demands of faster economic growth across the basin. Furthermore, the Nile is relatively a water scarce river compared to major rivers of the world (volume is only 5% of the Congo River at Inga, for example). The upper catchments of the Basin face huge soil loss due to land degradation; the wetlands in the midsection are increasingly threatened by commercial agriculture and land conversion, at the extreme end the Nile Delta by sea water intrusion and soil salinization. In all the regions of the basin there is on-going significant loss of biodiversity.

The scientific understanding of the Nile has been limited due to insufficient basin-wide hydrologic, meteorological, climatic, socio-economic, ecosystem related data and information, not to speak of analytic tools and systems and institutional capabilities. There is also asymmetry among the riparian countries in terms of water infrastructure development, institutional and technical capacity (relatively well developed in the two most downstream countries and at incipient stage in the upstream countries). These challenges and threats are by their very nature trans-boundary and no single country is capable of addressing them or their consequences on its own.

Despite these seemingly formidable challenges, the River Nile holds tremendous opportunities for growth, being one of the least developed rivers in the world. The Nile Basin offers significant potentials for cooperative management and development of the common water resources that would confer direct and indirect win-win benefits to all riparian countries. The Basin has significant potential for clean energy (hydropower) development and power trade; for improving and expanding both irrigated and rain-fed agricultural production and increasing water use efficiency; for preservation and use for eco-tourism of designated biospheres which are significant to sustaining global biological diversity. There is also potential for broader economic-regional integration, promotion of regional peace and security; and most important for jointly ensuring the continued existence of the River Nile for posterity through prudent and judicious utilization.

Recognizing that cooperation on the Nile is crucial to tackle the various development challenges, take advantage of the opportunities for win-win outcomes and to save the River Nile, which continues to be an essential fountain of life for the Nile Basin citizens, the riparian countries have been banding together for the last more than 45 years.

Nile Cooperation started with the Hydromet project in 1967, focusing on hydro meteorological survey in the lakes region. Running in parallel to Hydroment was ‘Undugu’ from 1983 to 1992 whose focus was on the establishment of Nile Basin Economic Community. This was later followed by the Technical Cooperation Committee for the Promotion of Development and Environmental Protection of the Basin (TECCONILE) in 1993 among others. TECCONILE focused on technical cooperation (environmental and water quality). However, all these initiatives were beset with lack of inclusivity (there were riparian countries not represented in the effort) and above all, they did not anchor the cooperation effort in a comprehensive institutional setting and within the ambit of a Shared Vision.

Recognizing the above challenges, the realization of the potential inter-riparian conflict that would ensue from poorly managed, increasingly shrinking and scarce Nile water resources and aware of the significance of an all-inclusive partnership in unlocking the huge mutual benefits from coordinated management and development of the common Nile Basin water resources, the riparian states, with significant support from the international community launched a remarkable partnership, the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on 22 February 1999 to work towards attaining their Shared Vision Objective: ‘To achieve sustainable socio-economic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin Water resources’.

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) About Us Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:57:08 +0000
Development Partners and Partner Organizations http://nilebasin.org/index.php/development-partners http://nilebasin.org/index.php/development-partners

Development Partners

Partner Organizations

NBI has signed MOUs with selected regional and international organizations, offering mutual added value as well as increasing its recognition and visibility.

  • UNEP on climate change
  • International Atomic Energy Agency on groundwater potentials in the Nile Basin
  • China Science and Technology Exchange Centre on capacity building and information sharing
  • TIGER-NET on capacity building and support to the Nile Basin information base

 

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NBI Structure http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-structure http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-structure

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) About Us Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:19:41 +0000
NBI Strategic Plans 2012 – 2016 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-strategic-plans-2012-2016 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-strategic-plans-2012-2016

NBI Overarching Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016

The NBI over-arching Strategic Plan is concerned with the transitional NBI institutions and remains firmly guided by the 1999 Strategic Action Program Guidelines and subsequent Nile-COM directions. The Plan is primarily direction-setting. It takes into account the current NBI situation and operating environment, formulates short-term priorities and strategic objectives to address this situation in the light of the 1999 NBI Objectives, and sets short-term strategic directions for all three NBI Centers. As a centre-piece of the 2012-2016 strategy, the overarching plan defines core basin-wide programs and functions and the division of these across the Centers. It however does not prescribe implementation details; these are the responsibility of the individual NBI Centers.

Nile-SEC Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016


Within the broad mandate of the 1999 Strategic Action Program, the specific driving elements for strategic planning for the Nile-Sec are given in the NBI Overarching Strategic Plan defining 2012-2016 as a period of consolidation and delivering. This is to focus on 3 short-term strategic directions comprising: a) focus on institutional sustainability, b)focus in its lead role in two core programs: Basin Cooperation Program, and Water Resources Management Program c) focus on support to national ministries and SAPs in their tasks for water resources development. The Strategic Plan is aimed at ensuring that Nile-Sec is re-invigorated and re-focused with its current mandate and to perform functions and produce results that maximize its value and contribution to the pursuit of the NBI Shared Vision Objective.

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) About Us Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:24:22 +0000
Nile Basin Initiative http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nile-basin-initiative http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nile-basin-initiative

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is a regional intergovernmental partnership that seeks to develop the River Nile in a cooperative manner, share substantial socio-economic benefits and promote regional peace and security. It was launched on 22nd February 1999 by Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the riparian countries namely Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Eritrea participates as an observer. NBI provides riparian countries with the first and only all- inclusive regional platform for multi stakeholder dialogue, information sharing as well as joint planning and management of water and related resources in the Nile Basin.

NBI was conceived as a transitional institution until the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) negotiations were finalized and a permanent institution created.

The highest decision and policy-making body of NBI is the Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM), comprised of Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in each NBI Member State. The Nile-COM is supported by the Nile Technical Advisory Committee (Nile-TAC), comprised of 20 senior government officials, two from each of the Member States.

The Shared Vision Objective

To achieve sustainable socio-economic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources.

NBI Objectives

  • To develop the Nile Basin water resources in a sustainable and equitable way to ensure prosperity, security, and peace for all its peoples
  • To ensure efficient water management and the optimal use of the resources
  • To ensure cooperation and joint action between the riparian countries, seeking win-win gains
  • To target poverty eradication and promote economic integration
  • To ensure that the program results in a move from planning to action

The institutional journey of NBI as it delivers the Shared Vision Objective


The NBI focus for 2012-2016 is on consolidating gains so far and delivering benefits /products, building on earlier establishment, confidence building and institutional strengthening phases as shown graphically below.

 

Transition to the Nile Basin Initiative


Prior to the emergence of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), there was no common institutionalized and structured mechanism that was all-inclusive, bringing together all riparian countries to address a common agenda.

There were indeed several initiatives, starting with the Hydromet project in 1967, which focused on hydro meteorological survey in the lakes region. Running in parallel to Hydroment was ‘Undugu’ from 1983 to 1992 whose focus was on the establishment of Nile Basin Economic Community. This was later followed by the Technical Cooperation Committee for the Promotion of Development and Environmental Protection of the Basin (TECCONILE) in 1993 among others. TECCONILE focused on technical cooperation (environmental and water quality). However, all these initiatives were beset with lack of inclusivity (there were riparian countries not represented in the effort) and above all, they did not anchor the cooperation effort in a comprehensive institutional setting and within the ambit of a Shared Vision. The establishment of NBI heralded an unprecedented positive chapter in the hydro political history of the Nile Basin, namely the beginning of a trans-boundary perspective informing national Nile water management policies and plans and a growing recognition of the need for basin wide cooperation.

More about NBI

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Transition to the Nile Basin Initiative http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2-about-us/47-transition-to-the-nile-basin-initiative http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2-about-us/47-transition-to-the-nile-basin-initiative

Prior to the emergence of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), there was no common institutionalized and structured mechanism that was all-inclusive, bringing together all riparian countries to address a common agenda.

There were indeed several initiatives, starting with the Hydromet project in 1967, which focused on hydro meteorological survey in the lakes region. Running in parallel to Hydroment was ‘Undugu’ from 1983 to 1992 whose focus was on the establishment of Nile Basin Economic Community. This was later followed by the Technical Cooperation Committee for the Promotion of Development and Environmental Protection of the Basin (TECCONILE) in 1993 among others. TECCONILE focused on technical cooperation (environmental and water quality). However, all these initiatives were beset with lack of inclusivity (there were riparian countries not represented in the effort) and above all, they did not anchor the cooperation effort in a comprehensive institutional setting and within the ambit of a Shared Vision. The establishment of NBI heralded an unprecedented positive chapter in the hydro political history of the Nile Basin, namely the beginning of a trans-boundary perspective informing national Nile water management policies and plans and a growing recognition of the need for basin wide cooperation.

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) About Us Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:34:04 +0000
4th Nile Basin Development Forum Concludes in Nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2-about-us/116-4th-nile-basin-development-forum-concludes-in-nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2-about-us/116-4th-nile-basin-development-forum-concludes-in-nairobi

The 4th Nile Basin Development Forum, a high profile regional event convened by the Nile Basin Initiative has successfully concluded today at the InterContinental Nairobi Hotel.

Two days of engagement have generated very productive debates, revealing new thinking on solutions to basin challenges while laying emphasis where the critical efforts are needed and called for continued engagement and discourse. Download press statement by Hon. Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim here

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) About Us Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:00:07 +0000
Burundi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/member-states/burundi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/member-states/burundi

Home to the southernmost source of the Nile, Burundi with a land area of 28,062 square kilometers is also the smallest country in the Nile Basin. The Nile Basin, in fact, is centrally important to the strength of Burundi’s economy. About 49 percent of the country lies in the Nile Basin (the other part lies in the Congo River Basin), and 59 percent of the population, which is almost entirely agricultural. The land is generally fertile, but Burundi is now coming to grips with years of intensive farming, a dense population and environmental degradation. Overgrazing and deforestation have made erosion on the hillsides a critical problem, and the waterways are filling with silt. Moreover, climate change is making rainfall unpredictable, water quality is declining under the pressures of a rapidly growing population, and drought and desertification are becoming problems in some parts of the country. These issues among others have made the Nile Cooperation important to Burundi.

Burundi and the Nile Basin Initiative: Benefits of cooperation

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Member States Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:08:12 +0000
The Sudan http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/member-states/the-sudan http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/member-states/the-sudan

If any single country can be said to geographically dominate the Nile Basin, it is Sudan. The largest country in Africa, it makes up roughly 63 percent of the Basin’s land area, and 75 percent of the country lies within the Basin itself. The Nile runs through the entire country from south to north providing about 77 percent of Sudan’s fresh water. It is also in Sudan where the White Nile and the Blue Nile converge to form the main Nile, giving it a central place in the country’s history and culture.
Sudan and the Nile Basin Initiative: Benefits of cooperation

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Member States Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:21:10 +0000
Permanent Secretaries of Ministries of Water Affairs in NBI Member States on a study tour to Ethiopia http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/4-permanent-secretaries-of-ministries-of-water-affairs-in-nbi-member-states-on-a-study-tour-to-ethiopia http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/4-permanent-secretaries-of-ministries-of-water-affairs-in-nbi-member-states-on-a-study-tour-to-ethiopia

 

ENTEBBE, Uganda - The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has organized an experience sharing tour for Permanent Secretaries of Ministries in charge of Water Affairs in NBI Member States to take place in the Eastern Nile sub-basin from 29th September to 4th October, 2013. As the most senior civil servants in government ministries, Permanent Secretaries or their equivalents are of strategic importance in leveraging the commitment and support of governments to NBI.

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) News Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:47:00 +0000
A call for a renewed commitment to invest in an all-inclusive Nile cooperation http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/61-a-call-for-a-renewed-commitment-to-invest-in-an-all-inclusive-nile-cooperation http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/61-a-call-for-a-renewed-commitment-to-invest-in-an-all-inclusive-nile-cooperation

KIGALI, Rwanda – The 8th Strategic Dialogue between the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and its primary donors ended yesterday with a call from participants for a renewed commitment to invest in an all-inclusive Nile cooperation and to sustain the gains so far.
The Chairperson of the Nile Council of Ministers who is also South Sudan’s Minister of Electricity, Water and Irrigation, Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba noted that while NBI has achieved a lot in the last 14 years, more still needs to be done to realize the Shared Vision.

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) News Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0000
4th Nile Basin Development Forum to take place in Nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/62-4th-nile-basin-development-forum-to-take-place-in-nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/62-4th-nile-basin-development-forum-to-take-place-in-nairobi

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with Kenya's Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is organizing the high profile regional Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) 2014 to take place in September, in Nairobi.

Working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders, NBI is bringing attention to trans-boundary cooperation among the eleven Nile riparian countries in a river basin that is facing growing pressures in the midst of uncertain climate change impacts.

Theme : Building Sustainable Trans-boundary Cooperation in a Complex River Basin Challenges│ Lessons │Prospects

Participants during the 2008 NBDF in Khartoum

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) News Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:54:00 +0000
Uganda’s Minister of State for Water addresses the media on Nile Day 2014 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/69-minister-at-the-media-center http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/69-minister-at-the-media-center

 

Uganda's Minister of State for Water, Hon. Betty Bigombe has reaffirmed the importance of trans-boundary water cooperation in addressing national energy challenges. She was addressing journalists in Kampala during a press conference held on 19th February, 2014 in relation to this year's Regional Nile Day celebrations held in commemoration of the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on 22nd February 1999.

This year's event, the 8th in a series since 2007, is scheduled to take place on 21st February, 2014, at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel. The theme for the celebrations is 'Water and Energy: National Challenges, trans-boundary Solutions'.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:43:59 +0000
Uganda’s Vice President commends NBI efforts in addressing energy challenges http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/70-uganda-s-vice-president-commends-nbi-efforts-in-addressing-energy-challenges http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/70-uganda-s-vice-president-commends-nbi-efforts-in-addressing-energy-challenges

KAMPALA, Uganda - The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Edward Ssekandi has underscored the importance of joint implementation and exploitation of hydropower options on shared water resources in addressing the everlasting regional energy demands and challenges.

He called on Nile Basin countries to take into consideration the larger river basin context and ensure optimization of the development opportunities as well as efficient location and operation of the hydropower infrastructures, while preparing their power development plans.

H.E. Ssekandi was speaking as guest of honor during the 8th Regional Nile Day celebrations held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel in Uganda on 21st February 2014. The theme for the celebrations was 'Water and Energy, National Challenges, Trans-boundary Solution'.

"I am happy to note that under the ongoing cooperation on the Nile, major regional water infrastructural developments are being planned throughout the basin such as major multipurpose reservoirs for hydropower production and irrigation', he said.

The Chairperson of the Nile Council of Ministers who is also South Sudan's Minister of Electricity, Water and Irrigation, Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba said with the realization of the various hydropower development and power pooling investment projects prepared by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), the hitherto meager power accessibility figures in the region are poised to rise to acceptable levels.

The Executive Director of the NBI Secretariat, Eng. Teferra Beyene was happy to note that NBI has built a level of inter-riparian trust, confidence and a sense of shared mutuality that hardly existed before.

Nile day 2014 was jointly organized by NBI and the Ministry of Water and Environment, in collaboration with the Nile Basin Discourse and Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa.  Activities to mark the day included a procession in the capital Kampala led by the police brass band, a key note speech on the theme, ministerial speeches, exhibition, children's performance as well as cultural performance.

Participants included Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the NBI Member States, other Ministers in Uganda, diplomats, Members of Parliament, civil society, academia, media and school children.

Next year's Regional Nile Day celebrations, the 9th in a series, will take place in Khartoum at the invitation of Hon. Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim, Minister of Water Resources & Electricity of The Sudan.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:23:24 +0000
User Community for the Nile Basin Decision Support System launched http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/77-uc-meeting http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/77-uc-meeting

User Community for the Nile Basin Decision Support System launched

The Nile Basin Decision Support (NB-DSS) is a comprehensive analytic framework designed to meet the requirements of complex water resources planning. It provides diverse tool sets for data processing, modeling, scenario management, benefit-cost analysis, optimization and multi-criteria decision making. It offers tools for integrating environmental, social and economic objectives, thus facilitating multi-sector water resources planning at river basin level. Development of the first version of NB DSS was completed in December 2012 and currently its operational use is being initiated in the NBI member countries.

NBI launched The NB-DSS User Community during a workshop held from 28th February to 1st March, 2014 in Entebbe - Uganda, with 55 pioneer members. Of these, 49 are from the NBI Member States while the rest are NBI staff.

The main objective of the User Community is to promote effective and sustained use of the NB-DSS by members sharing experience and technical information on its application, while at the same time fostering collaborative and peer-to-peer learning between and among users of the tool, which would enable timely solutions to technical problems. The User Community is expected to play a key role in promoting knowledge-based integrated water resources management and development among members who would ultimately become champions of the NB-DSS. It is also expected to help targeted practitioners to develop social capital, nurture new knowledge and stimulate innovation in the water sector.

During the workshop, participants developed the Vision and Mission for the User Community. The Vision is 'A leading global community of best practices in applying, sharing knowledge and promoting the Nile Basin Decision Support System for integrated water resources management and development'. The Mission is 'To advance collaborative learning, networking and capacity building in the sustainable use and continuous development of the Nile Basin Decision Support System for integrated water resources management and development in the Nile Basin countries.'

Membership to the User Community is open to users of the NB-DSS in the Nile Basin countries, as well as all professionals dealing in water related issues (environmental experts, hydrologists, academic and research institutions as well as PhD and Masters Students. Others are ministries of agriculture, water and environment, water database managers, civil society organizations, community leaders, local water resources users and many others). Membership is free of charge and upon registration by visiting the Helpdesk and User Community Portal on nbdss.nilebasin.org

While the primary focus is on Nile Basin countries, it is envisaged that the NB- DSS User Community will evolve into a leading global community of best practices in applying, sharing knowledge and promoting the NB-DSS tool for integrated water resources management and development.

The NBI Secretariat has taken significant steps to support and enable seamless operations of the User Community. Indeed the NB-DSS Helpdesk and User Community Portal, which are virtual meeting and working spaces have been set up to provide first line support.

Following the launch, the NBI Secretariat has embarked on full institutionalization of the NB-DSS User Community as a core value-added capability of the Nile Basin Initiative and the communities of the Nile Basin countries. Associated with this is working on strategies to ensure the NB-DSS User Community grows in energy, commitment and visibility in order to achieve its purpose including developing relationships, learning and developing the practice of decision management in the water sectors, carrying out User Community-related tasks and projects, and creating new knowledge around issues of water resources management and development.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:49:19 +0000
Professionals from NBI Member States trained in the use of the Nile Basin Decision Support System http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/78-professionals-from-nbi-member-states-trained-in-the-use-of-the-nile-basin-decision-support-system http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/78-professionals-from-nbi-member-states-trained-in-the-use-of-the-nile-basin-decision-support-system

The Nile Basin Decision Support System is a comprehensive analytic system designed to support water resources planning. It was developed under the Shared Vision Program of the Nile Basin Initiative. It was launched by the Nile-COM in July 2012 and currently available in NBI member countries. The Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat provides technical support to users basin-wide and administers DSS licenses.

Following the distribution of the Nile Basin Decision Support System (NB-DSS) licenses to NBI Member States, the Nile Basin Secretariat embarked on an intensive capacity development program to support the operational use of NB DSS.

“I consider the Nile Basin Decision Support System (NB-DSS) as an analytical tool that has been tailor made for Africa, communicating the African perspective as far as water resources management is concerned. The tool is user friendly, easy to follow and therefore easy to apply. Equally important, the expertise is locally based, within the NBI Secretariat. Applicability of the tool has been strengthened by NBI creating the ‘User Community,’ which will allow sharing of experiences and knowledge both through physical contact and virtually through the ‘User Community Portal’, augmented by the ‘NB-DSS Help Desk’.

The knowledge and skills acquired will enable me supervise Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) students applying the tool in their research work. I consider this as transfer of technology from NBI to University students and as a contribution to the sustainability of the tool.

At a personal level, it will enable me complete the research I am currently undertaking using the NB-DSS model. My humble request to the NBI Secretariat is to supply to all participants with the NB-DSS license.”

 Dr. Veronica M. Kiluva – Lecturer, Department of Disaster Preparedness and Engineering Management and Coordinator of the Disaster Information and Response Unit, Centre for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya.

The overall objective of the capacity development program is to strengthen analytic capacity for water resources development and management.

In the first cycle of national and regional level training, ten trainings were conducted from September 2013 to February 2014 in eight Member States and two NBI Centers; the Secretariat and the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office-ENTRO respectively. These trainings attracted a total of 192 participants out of which 25.6% are female. In addition, two trainings were conducted at national and regional levels prior to September 2013.

The training supports NB DSS users to build and develop the necessary knowledge, skills and capacities in multi-scale modeling

"The Nile Basin Decision Support System (NB-DSS) is an Information-based decision support tool that allows involvement of various stakeholders in making decisions regarding water resources management and development in a given catchment. The tool is very useful in addressing various stakeholder needs in ways that maximize social, economic and environmental benefits. The tool operates on the foundation of Integrated Water Resources Management. We are currently piloting the NB-DSS in Kyoga Water Management Zone to prepare an Awoja Catchment Management Plan in which water resources management and development interventions to address stakeholder needs will be highlighted"

Maximo Twinomuhangi, Senior Water Officer – Kyoga Water Management Zone, Ministry of Water and Environment (Uganda).

and full utilization of the entire range of built-in NB DSS capabilities and options. Presentations and illustrations; coaching and guidance; hands-on and exercises; as well as real case studies are used to demonstrate the wide spectrum of applications.  In addition, national as well as trans-boundary cases and examples are interactively addressed within the training.

The second cycle of national and regional level training of the capacity development program planned to take place in the second half of 2014 shall focus on intermediate and advanced level training with in-depth coverage of new and existing features of the tool.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:05:08 +0000
4th Regional Nile Basin Development Forum to take place in Nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/81-4th-regional-nile-basin-development-forum-to-take-place-in-nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/81-4th-regional-nile-basin-development-forum-to-take-place-in-nairobi

The Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) is a high level regional event convened by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in conjunction with its Member States and organized in collaboration with civil society and development partners. The event is held biennially since 2006, in keeping with the decision of the Nile Technical Advisory Committee (Nile-TAC) to institutionalize the NBDF in order to foster Nile Basin emergence of knowledge communities and exchange of experience as well as enhance the understanding between diverse categories of stakeholders on Nile Basin issues and challenges.

This year's Forum, the fourth in a series, will take place in Nairobi - Kenya from 6th to 7th October, 2014 under the theme: Building Sustainable Trans-boundary Cooperation in a Complex River Basin - Challenges| Lessons |Prospects.
 

Ministers in charge of Water Affairs, policy makers, researchers, academia, civil society, media, private sector and local communities in the NBI Member States as well as representatives of river basin organizations, development partners and international organizations among others will come together to discuss trans-boundary cooperation among the 11 Nile riparian countries in a river basin that is facing growing pressures in the midst of uncertain climate change impacts.

The 2014 Forum offers different opportunities for individuals and/or institutions to get involved. Become a sponsor and reinforce brand awareness and business growth; book a stand in the exhibition and showcase your products to new clients; co-convene a session; participate in the sessions and share your knowledge, ideas, research findings, best practices as you learn more.   
A call for Papers has been posted on the website dedicated to the NBDF 2014. The deadline for abstract submission is 15th April, 2014.
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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:03:11 +0000
Nile Council of Ministers to meet in Khartoum on 19th June, 2014 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/93-22nd-nile-com-meeting http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/93-22nd-nile-com-meeting

ENTEBBE, Uganda – Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the Nile Basin countries are due to meet in Khartoum, The Sudan  in their annual 22nd Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) meeting on Thursday 19th June, 2014 at Corinthia Hotel.
During the meeting, there will be a change in the NBI governance. Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba, South Sudan’s Minister of Electricity, Water and Irrigation will hand over the chairmanship of the Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) to Hon. Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim, Minister of Water Resources and Electricity of The Sudan.

In addition, the 7th Executive Director of the NBI Secretariat will be announced and she/he will assume the position effective 1st September, 2014.

The Ministers will deliberate on the status of the Nile cooperation and how to move it forward. They will also take time to review progress made by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in the previous fiscal year, consider the plans and budgets for the coming year and provide strategic guidance.

The Nile-TAC, NBI management, Representatives of Development Partners and the civil society will participate in meeting as observers.

The Nile-COM will be preceded by the 41st Nile-Technical Advisory Committee (Nile-TAC) meeting. The Nile-TAC comprises technical representatives from NBI Member States. It oversees the work of NBI and offers technical support and advice to the Nile-COM on matters related to the cooperative management and development of the common Nile Basin water resources.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:35:18 +0000
Meet Mr. John Rao Nyaoro, incoming Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/94-meet-mr-john-rao-nyaoro-incoming-executive-director-of-the-nile-basin-initiative-secretariat http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/94-meet-mr-john-rao-nyaoro-incoming-executive-director-of-the-nile-basin-initiative-secretariat

Mr. John Nyaoro has got 30 years of experience as a Hydrologist/Water Resources Expert. He is currently the Director of Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in Kenya, Chief negotiator for Kenya on the Nile River Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement and a Member of Nile Technical Advisory Committee (since 2008).
He graduated with honors from the University of Nairobi, Kenya with a BSC degree in Water Resources and a Master of Laws (LLM) Water Law and Policy, Dundee University in Scotland, UK. He is a PhD candidate, Water Law and Policy, University of Nairobi, School of Law.
Mr. Nyaoro will assume the office of Executive Director of the Secretariat based in Entebbe, Uganda on 1st September 2014!

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:20:44 +0000
Nile Basin Ministers in charge of Water Affairs reiterate their countries' commitment to the Nile cooperation http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/95-nile-basin-ministers-in-charge-of-water-affairs-reiterate-their-countries-commitment-to-the-nile-cooperation http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/95-nile-basin-ministers-in-charge-of-water-affairs-reiterate-their-countries-commitment-to-the-nile-cooperation

The 22nd Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) held on Thursday 19th June, 2014 has successfully concluded at Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum, Republic of The Sudan. The Nile-COM addressed strategic issues to advance the Nile cooperation as well as operational business issues of NBI. During the Ministerial meeting, Hon. Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim Minister of Water Resources and Electricity of The Sudan assumed the position of chairperson of the Nile Council of Ministers succeeding Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba, South Sudan's Minister of Electricity, Water and Irrigation.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:38:38 +0000
ENTRO’s new Executive Director assumes office http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/100-entro-s-new-executive-director-assumes-office http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/100-entro-s-new-executive-director-assumes-office

Mr. Fekahmed Negash has assumed the office of Executive Director of the Eastern Nile Technical Regional (ENTRO) effective 1st August, 2014. This follows his endorsement by the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers (ENCOM) at its 27th annual ordinary meeting held in Khartoum from 18-19 July, 2014.

"My management philosophy emphasizes participation and inclusion and I am open to all innovative proposals that staff brings forth", said Mr. Negash in his maiden address to the staff.

An Ethiopian national, Mr. Fekahmed Negash brings along over 25 years of work experience in the water sector, having served in various capacities. Prior to joining ENTRO, Mr. Negash was the Director, Boundary and Trans-boundary Rivers Affairs Directorate, in Ethiopia's Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy. During this period, he also served as a member of Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program Team (ENSAPT), the advisory body to the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers (ENCOM).

Earlier, Mr. Negash worked as Director, Basin Administration Directorate; Program Coordinator - Tana-Beles Integrated Water Resources Development Project; Project Coordinator, Studies of the Ethiopian Nile Basin (Abbay Basin) Project; the latest,

Mr. Negash holds a Master of Science degree in Land and Water Resources Management from Silsoe College, Cranfield University, UK (1995) and a B.Sc. in Animal Sciences from Alemaya University of Agriculture (1988). He has also followed several water related trainings and short courses.
Mr. Negash succeeds Dr. Yosif Ibrahim who has served as Officer-In-Charge for the last two and half years.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:46:11 +0000
Nile Basin journalists in training on issues surrounding the River Nile http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/110-nile-journalists-training http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/110-nile-journalists-training

ENTEBBE, Uganda - A five day training aimed at familiarizing Nile Basin journalists and editors with political, economic and environmental issues surrounding the River Nile is taking place in Entebbe, Uganda,

The training which takes place from 11th to 15th August, 2014 was organized by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with the Voice of America (Broadcasting Board of Governors) and is supported by the U.S. Department of State.

In his opening remarks, Eng. Teferra Beyene, the Executive Director of the NBI Secretariat underscored the role of the media in the development of any society and subsequently nations.

"We would like to engage you to tell the Nile story; what we want is to help create an environment where journalists are able to access a variety of information thereby ensuring high quality reporting with respect to issues surrounding the River Nile and sustainable socio-economic development in the Nile Basin region", he added.

Ms. Joan Mower from the Voice of America (Broadcasting Board of Governors) said the purpose of the training is to provide up-to-date information to journalists interested in issues surrounding the River Nile.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:04:46 +0000
NBI enhances engagement with Permanent Secretaries of Water Ministries http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/111-nbi-ps-s-tour http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/111-nbi-ps-s-tour

Permanent Secretaries of Ministries in charge of Water Affairs in NBI Member States are on  an experience sharing tour in the Nile Equatorial Lakes sub-basin. The tour organized by  the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is taking place from 12th to 14th August 2014. The aim of the study tour is to increase participants' common understanding of the shared development and management challenges facing the riparian countries. In particular, the tour will enhance the Permanent Secretaries' awareness of NBI and its programs in the Nile Equatorial Lakes region and in their respective countries and turn renew their commitment and support to NBI, joint investment in the Basin as well as the Nile cooperation.

The Press Release for the event  can be downloaded here

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:09:59 +0000
Nile Basin stakeholders due to meet in Nairobi to deliberate on sustainable Nile cooperation http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/114-nile-basin-stakeholders-due-to-meet-in-nairobi-to-deliberate-on-sustainable-nile-cooperation http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/114-nile-basin-stakeholders-due-to-meet-in-nairobi-to-deliberate-on-sustainable-nile-cooperation

Nairobi, Kenya – At least 300 participants are due to meet from 6th – 7th October, 2014 in Nairobi under the 4th Nile Basin Development (NBDF) organized by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources of Kenya.

The NBDF is a bi-annual regional event convened since 2006 that brings together stakeholders to discuss and build a common understanding and appreciation of issues surrounding the River Nile and the development of the Nile Basin region in general.

Each of these high profile science-policy forums addresses a particular theme to allow for in-depth discussions on a specific water-related topic. The 2014 edition which is scheduled to take place at the InterContinental Nairobi Hotel will focus on the Challenges, Lessons and Prospects of Building Sustainable Trans-boundary Cooperation in a Complex River Basin.

The theme is in recognition of 15 years of the NBI journey in building Nile cooperation, benefits of the cooperation,challenges, lessons learnt and future prospects. The challenges are by their very nature trans-boundary and hence require collective action among all the riparian countries and multiple stakeholders at national, regional and international level; with different and sometimes conflicting interests.

The Chairperson of the Nile Council of Ministers, H.E. Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim, Minister of Water Resources & Electricity of The Sudan urged for more momentum from all stakeholders including Member States, Nile Basin citizens and the international community towards building sustainable Nile Cooperation. “Today as Member States increasingly witness the win-win benefits of cooperation, there is a general appreciation that the cooperative approach remains the only choice”, he said in his statement issued prior to the 4th NBDF.

The Forum has attracted senior government officials, water resources experts and practitioners, policy makers as well as academics and researchers. Others are civil society and NGOs, media, private sector, local communities in the Nile Basin countries, representatives of development partners, river basin organizations as well as international organizations.

It is expected that at the end of the two days, participants will have shared learning on latest scientific information, knowledge as well as best practices that can be replicated; Common understanding of the opportunities, challenges and prospects in trans-boundary water cooperation built while opportunities for partnerships and networks are explored and initiated as well as renewed commitment to take Nile cooperation to the next level.

The two-day Forum is organized along eight sub themes. The first day will focus on taking stock, where we are now, what we have done and the lessons we have learnt. The second day will focus on the future, exploring the future of Nile cooperation and what we have to do to advance it to a higher level. There will also be exhibitions where different stakeholders will show-case their products. The exhibition also serves as a strong compliment to the discussions taking place during the Forum.

Download a press statement from the NBI ED here

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:43:27 +0000
4th Nile Basin Development Forum opens in Nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/115-4th-nile-basin-development-opens-in-nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/115-4th-nile-basin-development-opens-in-nairobi

Nile-COM members and diginitaries pose for a group photoNAIROBI - Kenya – At least 450 Nile Basin citizens and other stakeholders have gathered in Nairobi today for the opening of the 4th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF). The theme for the Forum is “Building Sustainable Trans-boundary Cooperation in a Complex River Basin: Challenges, Lessons and Prospects.

The Nile Basin, which covers an area of 3.2 million square kilometers across 11 Basin States, is faced with growing pressures including persistent poverty with millions living on less than a dollar a day, climate change resulting into flood or prolonged droughts, low access to electricity, lack of food security and rising populations with increased demand on water. These challenges and threats, among others, are by their very nature trans-boundary and hence require collective action among all the Basin States and multiple stakeholders at national, regional and international level; with different and sometimes conflicting interests.

Addressing participants at the official opening ceremony, the Guest of Honour, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Minister for Environment, Water and Natural Resources in Kenya and Member of the Nile Council of Ministers noted that the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has advanced a cooperative process in order to realize tangible benefits and build trust and confidence among Member States.

The Chairperson of the Nile Council of Ministers and Minister of Water Resources and Electricity of The Sudan, H.E Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim, said the overall investment preparation leveraged under the NBI now stands at US$ 6.5 Billion. “The achievements notwithstanding, NBI is at a critical juncture when the resources are fast dwindling with the closure of the main funding source, the World Bank managed Nile Basin Trust Fund in December 2014. My appeal to Member States is to be steadfast in honouring their obligations to NBI”. H.E. Mutaz Musa also appealed to development partners to continue their support to NBI to enable effective implementation of its programs.

On the issue of Egypt freezing her participation in the NBI activities, H.E. Mutaz Musa said “the governing council is making efforts to convince Egypt to resume full participation for we know it is only through cooperation that various interests can be made”.

The Executive Director of the NBI Secretariat, John Rao Nyaoro, HSC said the resources NBI is seeking from development partners are for investment projects as Members States have committed to provide revenues for NBI’s minimum functionality.

In six technical sessions, five multi-stakeholder dialogues and exhibitions spread throughout the two days, participants will take stock of achievements made, exchange the lessons learnt and identify the gaps of the Nile cooperation process to date. The second day will explore plausible scenarios of Nile cooperation and deliberate on some major challenges that lie ahead as well as ways ahead to achieve the desired future.

The 4th NBDF will be followed by a Donor Round Table on 8th October, 2014 aimed at mobilizing resources for implementation of NBI facilitated investment projects.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Mon, 06 Oct 2014 19:13:02 +0000
Declaration of the 4th NBDF http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/117-declaration-of-the-4th-nbdf http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/117-declaration-of-the-4th-nbdf

The 4th NBDF concluded in Nairobi on the 7th October 2014 and the following declaration was  made by the participants            

   Download the full declaration here

Presentations and speeches from the forum can be found here

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:19:16 +0000
4th NBDF concludes in Nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/118-nbdf-concludes-in-nairobi http://nilebasin.org/index.php/news/118-nbdf-concludes-in-nairobi

The 4th Nile Basin Development Forum, a high profile regional event convened by the Nile Basin Initiative has successfully concluded today at the InterContinental Nairobi Hotel.

Two days of engagement have generated very productive debates, revealing new thinking on solutions to basin challenges while laying emphasis where the critical efforts are needed and called for continued engagement and discourse.

Download the press statement by Hon. Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim here

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) News Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:23:47 +0000
4th Nile Basin Development Forum http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/71-4th-nbdf http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/71-4th-nbdf

Venue: Nairobi

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Events Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:48:00 +0000
Sudan Stakeholders' Engagement http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/120-national-stakeholders-engagement-in-sudan http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/120-national-stakeholders-engagement-in-sudan

Venue: Khartoum, Sudan

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Events Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:04:23 +0000
Burundi Stakeholder Engagement http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/121-burundi-stakeholder-engagement http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/121-burundi-stakeholder-engagement

Venue: Bujumbura

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Events Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:06:45 +0000
Rwanda Stakeholders' Engagement http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/122-rwanda-stakeholders-engagement http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/122-rwanda-stakeholders-engagement

Venue: Kigali

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Events Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:10:15 +0000
South Sudan Stakeholders' Engagement http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/123-south-sudan-stakeholders-engagement http://nilebasin.org/index.php/events/123-south-sudan-stakeholders-engagement

Venue: Juba

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Events Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:11:15 +0000
Nile Council of Ministers http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-governance/nile-council-of-ministers http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-governance/nile-council-of-ministers

The Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) comprised of Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in each NBI Member States is the highest decision and policy-making organ of NBI.

Roles and Responsibilities of Nile-COM members

  • Provide Policy Guidance and ensure adherence to the NBI transitional arrangements 
  • Approve programs and projects 
  • Approve work plans and budgets

Current Chairperson (Rotational on an annual basis among Member States in their alphabetical order)

Hon. Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim 

Minister of Water Resources & Electricity, The Sudan 

Composition

Hon.  Nduwayo Jean-Claude 

Minister of Water, Environment, Land Management and Urban Planning, Burundi 

Hon. Bavon N’Samputu Elima 

Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, DR Congo

Hon. Dr. Hussam al-Din Muhammad Murad Mughazy

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt 

Hon. Alemayehu Tegenu 

Minister of Water and Energy, Ethiopia 

Hon. Prof.  Judi  W. Wakhungu 

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya 

Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta

Minister of Natural Resources, Rwanda 

Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba 

Minister of Electricity, Water and Irrigation, South Sudan

Hon. Mutaz Musa Abdalla Salim 

Minister of Water Resources & Electricity, The Sudan 

Hon. Prof. Jumanne A. Maghembe 

Minister for Water, Tanzania 

Hon. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu 

Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda 

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) NBI Governance Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:00:19 +0000
Nile Technical Advisory Committee http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-governance/nile-technical-advisory-committee http://nilebasin.org/index.php/about-us/nbi-governance/nile-technical-advisory-committee

The Nile Technical Advisory Committee (Nile-TAC) comprised of 20 senior government officials, two from each of the Member States oversees the work of NBI as well as offers technical support and advice to the Nile-COM on matters related to the joint management and development of the common Nile Basin water resources.

Roles and Responsibilities of Nile-TAC Members

  • Offer technical support and advice to the Nile Council of Ministers on matters related to the management and development of the common Nile Basin water and related resources
  • Act as an interface between the Nile-COM and Development Partners and between Nile-COM and NBI  programs and projects
  • Provide oversight for NBI programmatic activities

Current Chairperson (Rotational on an annual basis among Member States in their alphabetical order)

Prof. Seifeldin Hamad Abdalla,

Head of the Technical Water Resources Organ

 Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity -Sudan

Composition

BURUNDI

Ms. Renilde Ndayishimiye, Director General of Burundi Geographical Institute (IGEBU)

Ms. Immaculate Kabura, Conseillere - Minister of Water, Environment, Land Management and Urban Planning

DR CONGO

Mr.Mwamba Nyembo Jean-Paul Directeur des Ressources en Eau – Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism

Ms. Mukonkole  Mayele Marie Rose, Head of Division – Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism

EGYPT

Dr. Sherif El Mohammady, Deputy Director - Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation

Eng. Ahmed Bahaa El Din Mohamed (M.SC.), Undersecretary - Nile Water Sector   

ETHIOPIA

Mr. Teshome Atnafie Guyo, Director of the Boundary and Transboundary Rivers Affairs  - Directorate of the Ministry of Water and Energy

Mr. Reta Alemu Nega, Director General - Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

KENYA

Mr. John Nyaoro, HSC, Director Water Resources - Ministry of Environment, Water & Natural Resources 

Ms. Gladys Wekesa, Deputy Director, Water Resources; Head, Trans-boundary Waters - Ministry of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

RWANDA

Mr. Remy Mugunga, Trans-boundary Waters Coordinator, Ministry of Natural Resources - Rwanda National Resources Authority

Mr. Mukiza Odilo, Water Resources Engineer - Ministry of Natural Resources 

SOUTH SUDAN

Mr. Alier Oka Bullen Ngong, Ag. Director General - Ministry of Electricity, Water and Irrigation

Mr. Francis Waniwajo, Deputy Director for Water Resources Regulation - Ministry of Electricity, Water and Irrigation 

THE SUDAN

Prof. Seifeldin Hamad Abdalla, Head of the Technical Water Resources Organ - Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity 

Eng. Khider Mohamed Gasmelseed, General Director of Projects Department, Dams Implementation Unit, Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity.

TANZANIA

Mr. Sylvester Anthony Matemu, Ass. Director of Water Resources (Trans-boundary), Division of Water Resources - Ministry of Water

Mr. Simon Saidi Nkanyemka , Legal Officer - Ministry of Water

UGANDA

Eng. Mugisha Shillingi, Director, Water Resource Management - Ministry of Water and Environment

Dr. Callist Tindimugaya , Commissioner  Water Resources in charge of Regulation, Directorate of Water Development- Ministry of Water and Environment

 

 

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) NBI Governance Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:01:53 +0000
Water Resource Management http://nilebasin.org/index.php/nbi-core-functions/water-resource-management http://nilebasin.org/index.php/nbi-core-functions/water-resource-management

Program Objective: To assess, manage and safeguard the water resource base that supports the peoples of the Nile Basin through applying the principles of knowledge-based integrated water resources management to water development planning and assessment.

Program Description: The NBI monitors and assesses the water and related natural resources of the Nile Basin so as to provide its member countries with a shared knowledge base and an interactive information system. The NBI maintains and operates analytical and scenario evaluation systems that support sustainable management of the basin’s water resources.

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) NBI Core Functions Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:48:22 +0000
Water Resource Development http://nilebasin.org/index.php/nbi-core-functions/water-resource-development http://nilebasin.org/index.php/nbi-core-functions/water-resource-development

Program Objective:  To identify, prepare and facilitate investment in trans-boundary water development projects and programs whilst avoiding negative impacts on the health of the Nile Basin’s resources through applying the principles of IWRM.

Program Description: The NBI assists its member countries to achieve joint water development projects and management programs through supporting the identification of development opportunities, the preparation of projects and facilitation of investment which then enables member countries to implement the projects. 

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) NBI Core Functions Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:53:03 +0000
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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Our Stories Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:45:46 +0000
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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Our Stories Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:36:12 +0000
Jobs http://nilebasin.org/index.php/14-announcements/37-jobs http://nilebasin.org/index.php/14-announcements/37-jobs

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Announcements Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:18:49 +0000
Tenders http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2013-12-04-17-19-59/tenders http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2013-12-04-17-19-59/tenders

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Announcements Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:19:16 +0000
CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NILE BASIN http://nilebasin.org/index.php/trending-topic/108-climate-trending http://nilebasin.org/index.php/trending-topic/108-climate-trending

 

Climate change will manifest itself primarily through changes in average temperature and precipitation, which are important drivers of the water cycle and hence the seasonal occurrence and flows of water in soils, lakes, rivers, wetlands, and groundwater aquifers.

 

Climate change is a serious threat, with potentially very adverse impacts on the socio-economic conditions in the Nile Basin, on its environment and on the ongoing efforts to establish a mutually agreed upon mechanism to manage the shared Nile water resources.

 

Because of the high sensitivity of key economic sectors such as rain fed and irrigated agriculture, livestock production and hydropower generation to the changing climate, the threat of climate change is worrying to the people in the Nile Basin. It could directly affect their livelihoods and food security, harm ongoing efforts to diversify national economies and worsen public-health conditions. Ultimately, in the case of diminishing Nile flows and insufficient adaptation measures, it could result in resource conflicts and regional insecurity.

 

Factors increasing the region's vulnerability to climate change
A number of factors render the Nile Basin particularly vulnerable and sensitive to impacts of global warming. Key factors include:
o    High fragility of its natural systems: two-fifths of the basin consists of arid and semi-arid dry lands.
o    Dominance of poor and rural people in the upstream countries, who tend to be heavily dependent on sectors such as agriculture, fishing, and forestry that are highly sensitive to climate variability and possess limited possibilities for diversification into less climate sensitive sectors.
o    A rapidly growing population that is putting unprecedented pressure on the natural resource base.
o    High exposure to natural disasters, especially floods and droughts.
o    High sensitivity of many of the Nile sub-basins to changes in annual precipitation.
o    A prominent agricultural sector in the downstream countries that is almost totally reliant on Nile-fed irrigation.
o    High dependency on hydropower for energy across the basin.

 

The Nile region has a very low level of economically developed infrastructure. There is low water-storage capacity, few water-control systems, and the transport, energy, information, and communication systems are not so advanced. These conditions constrain the adaptive capacity of the Nile countries and combine with the factors above to increase the vulnerability of their economies to water shocks. The situation is further compounded by the rundown state of hydro climatic data collection networks, and by the weak institutions in the basin. Moreover, the finite Nile flows are now almost fully utilized, while the water-demand curve continues to rise steadily, leaving no buffers to accommodate possible flow deficits

 

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Trending Topics Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:47:31 +0000
NBI inaugurates Regional Nile River Basin HYDROMET http://nilebasin.org/index.php/spotlight/99-nbi-inaugurates-regional-nile-river-basin-hydromet http://nilebasin.org/index.php/spotlight/99-nbi-inaugurates-regional-nile-river-basin-hydromet

Robust Nile resource monitoring and assessment is fundamental for performing analysis that provides strategic direction for basin-wide development. Not only does water resource monitoring contribute to enhancing the knowledgebase, understanding major risks and trans-boundary issues, as well as exploring policy issues and programmes, it also supports identifying viable windows of opportunities.

River Basin Monitoring (RBM) is essential for sound water resources planning, efficient water resources management, socio-economic development, and environmental sustainability and enhanced cooperation and improved collective capacity to harness the benefits.

Current monitoring systems within the Nile Basin are far from adequate. Assessment conducted by the former Water Resources Planning and Management (WRPM) project of the Nile basin Initiative (NBI) shows that many hydrologically significant parts of the Nile Basin are either un-gauged or very sparely gauged even with respect to basic hydrological parameters. Data collected from the functioning stations often exhibit breaks in the records, which makes a good proportion of the data unsuitable for operational uses. Measurements of water quality and sediment transport are virtually non-existent in all except very few countries.

To operationalize the Nile River Basin Monitoring Strategy (2010), NBI initiated a study to develop the design specifications and phased implementation plan for the Nile Basin Regional Hydro-meteorological monitoring system. Among other things, the study which commenced in May 2014, and is expected to be completed in March 2015 shall assess the current hydro-meteorological practices and assets in the Nile Basin.

The study approach builds on what is available in terms of both infrastructural and technological assets, as well as human resources and other institutional competencies. It will establish the development needs and hence the corresponding RBM architecture based on socio-economic requirements basin-wide. The study responds to regional, national and local specificities, undertakes effective stakeholder participation, promotes innovation and stock-takes from global lessons learned. In addition, it introduces appropriate technologies - both from the technical and economic viewpoints and ensures special emphasis on South Sudan.

As part of the effort to assess and understand the hydro-meteorological needs in the Nile Basin and develop detailed specifications for the design of a regional hydro-meteorological system for the Nile Basin, NBI organized a regional hydromet workshop and exhibition from 12th to 14th May, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The primary objective of the workshop was to enhance the relevance of the planned Nile Basin Regional Hydro-meteorological network through identification of pertinent issues and local boundary conditions in the Nile Basin.

"The Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) attaches high significance to the improvement of river basin monitoring in the Nile Basin considering that despite the development potential presented by the existence of diverse valuable natural resources in the Basin, the region faces numerous challenges that place it among the poorest regions in the world" said Hon. Kebede Gerba, Ethiopia' Minister of State for Water and Energy while officially opening the workshop.

Participants established detailed data and information on national monitoring networks, reached consensus on agreed methodology and approach as well as commitment to the establishment and operationalization of the RBM System.

The regional workshop expected to be a precursor for the future Nile Basin Hydromet Forum, provided a platform for officials and technicians of national hydro-meteorological services agencies of the Nile riparian states to stock take on available monitoring infrastructure and state of the art technologies, exchange of experience in designing, establishing and maintaining hydro-meteorological networks. This is in addition to networking, information gathering and initial consultations on the planned regional hydro-meteorological network for the Nile Basin.

The workshop was attended by 80 participants who included Nile-TAC members, national hydrological and meteorological thematic officials, international resource persons, regional experts, representatives of international institutions, regional organizations, and donors and universal hydromet equipment vendors.

 

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Shotlight Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:04:12 +0000
NBI Investment Programs http://nilebasin.org/index.php/nbi-investment-programs http://nilebasin.org/index.php/nbi-investment-programs

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) facilitates identification, preparation and implementation supervision of two sub-programs comprising a number of projects. The two sub-programs are:
(1) The Water Resources Management and Development sub-program
(2) The Power Development and Trade sub-program.

Projects under the Water Resources Management and Development sub-program include: the three River Basin Management Projects of Mara, Kagera and Sio-Malaba-Malakisi; Lakes Edward and Albert (LEAF) Project; Nile Equatorial Lakes (NEL) Water Resources Development Project; Gestion Integrie des Ressources en Eau Transfrontaliere du Bugesera (GIRET) Project; and the NELSAP Climate Adaptation Mainstreaming Project.

Projects under the Power Development and Trade sub-program include: Interconnection of Electric Grids of the Nile Equatorial Lakes (NEL) Countries; Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric; Kenya-Tanzania Interconnection; Iringa-Mbeya Transmission Line; Uganda-DR Congo Power Transmission Line; and Mbeya (Tanzania)-Kasama (Zambia) Interconnection Study.

Identification and preparation of new projects under both sub-programs is an ongoing process.

NELSAP Member States are 10 namely; Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office

Basedin Addis Ababa - Ethiopia, the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) is the executive arm of the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action (ENSAP) which is an investment arm of the Nile Basin Initiative. ENSAP Member States are Egypt, Ethiopia, South Sudan and The Sudan.

ENTRO is responsible for facilitating and promoting investment in Water Resource Development in the Eastern Nile sub-basin. It also provides secretariat services to ENSAP’s governing body, the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers (EN-COM) and the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program Team (ENSAPT).  ENSAP adopted a two track approach:  (i) the rapid implementation of a set of ‘fast track’ projects, which would demonstrate the early benefits of cooperation, and (ii) the longer term planning and implementation of a program of more complex, multipurpose regional investments – the ‘multi-purpose track’.

The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program

Based in Kigali - Rwanda,theNile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit NELSAP-CU) is the executive arm of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP), which is an investment arm of the Nile Basin Initiative. NELSAP Member States are Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

NELSAP–CU is responsible for driving the Water Resource Development and Management Program by promoting cooperative inter-country/in country trans-boundary investment projects in power development and trade, river basin management and development, fisheries, sanitation and watershed management as well as agricultural trade and productivity. It also provides secretariat services to NELSAP‘s governing body, the Nile Equatorial Lakes Council of Ministers (NELCOM) and the Nile Equatorial Lakes technical Advisory Committee (NEL-TAC).

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Investment Program Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:26:54 +0000
World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/43-world-water-day-2014-water-and-energy http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/43-world-water-day-2014-water-and-energy

World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22nd March. The theme for this year is Water and Energy.

Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.

In 2014, the UN System – working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders – is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the 'bottom billion' who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services. It also aims to facilitate the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge ministries and sectors, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy. Particular attention will be paid to identifying best practices that can make a water- and energy-efficient 'Green Industry' a reality.

Objectives of World Water Day in 2014

  • Raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy
  • Contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy
  • Demonstrate, through case studies, to decision makers in the energy sector and the water domain that integrated approaches and solutions to water-energy issues can achieve greater economic and social impacts
  • Identify policy formulation and capacity development issues in which the UN system, in particular UN-Water and UN-Energy, can offer significant contributions
  • Identify key stakeholders in the water-energy nexus and actively engaging them in further developing the water-energy linkages
  • Contribute as relevant to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy nexus.

For more information: http://www.unwater.org

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Related Articles Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:10:10 +0000
World Environment Day – 5th June http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/91-world-environment-day-5th-june http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/91-world-environment-day-5th-june

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the 'people's day' for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet
The theme of this year's World Environment Day is "Small Island Developing States" or "SIDS." Island nations around the world are particularly vulnerable to climate change, natural disasters and rising seas. However, they have also come up with some amazing solutions to cope with these problems.
The aim of WED 2014 is to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on small islands states around the world. There's also much to be learned from these countries, which have overcome a number of environmental problems with only limited resources.
WED 2014 is being celebrated in Barbados, a small Caribbean island leading the way in solar energy. As one of the smallest independent states in the world, Barbados faces many challenges like climate-induced sea level rise and vulnerability to natural disasters. The country is steadfastly overcoming these challenges through its work in transitioning to a green economy.
For more information: http://www.unep.org/wed/

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Related Articles Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:50:20 +0000
World Day to Combat Desertification - 17 June http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/92-world-day-to-combat-desertification-17-june http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/92-world-day-to-combat-desertification-17-june

"Land degradation, caused or exacerbated by climate change, is not only a danger to livelihoods, but also a threat to peace and stability." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Approximately 1.5 billion people globally depend on degrading areas for their livelihoods, and nearly half of the world's very poor (42%) live in degraded areas, making them some of the most insecure places in the world, and in some cases their instability can destabilize entire political regions.
While these regions may seem far away to those of us who live in cities or developed countries, the effects of their suffering ripple across the globe. It is estimated that by 2020 some 60 million people will migrate from desertified areas in Sub-Saharan Africa towards Northern Africa and Europe.
The theme of this year "Land Belongs to the Future - Let's Climate Proof It" was chosen to increase awareness about the potential of ecosystem-based adaptation as a strategy for coping with the impacts of climate change, especially in the dry lands. Ecosystem-based adaptation means the strengthening of natural systems to cushion the worst impacts of climate change. When ecosystems are healthy, they are less vulnerable to the impacts and hazards of climate change.
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.
For more information: http://www.un.org/en/events/desertificationday/

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Related Articles Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:47:18 +0000
International Youth Day, 12 August 2014 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/112-youthday http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/112-youthday

The United Nations' (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize efforts of the world's youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage the youth in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.

The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is "Youth and Mental Health" under the slogan 'Mental Health Matters'.
 
Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively 'labeled'.

For more information: http://undesadspd.org/Youth/InternationalYouthDay/2014.aspx

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Related Articles Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:15:09 +0000
2014 World Water Week in Stockholm August 31 – September 5 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/113-2014-world-water-week-in-stockholm-august-31-september-5 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/113-2014-world-water-week-in-stockholm-august-31-september-5

World Water Week is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991.It is a platform for over 200 collaborating organizations to convene events about water and development issues. Individuals from around the globe also present their findings at the scientific workshops.The theme or 2014 World Water Week is Energy and Water

For more information: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Related Articles Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:23:13 +0000
World Food Day – 16 October 2014 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/119-world-food-day-16-october-2014 http://nilebasin.org/index.php/related-activities/119-world-food-day-16-october-2014

Theme - Family Farming: "Feeding the world, caring for the earth"
The theme has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 "International Year of Family Farming." This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the important contribution of family farmers to world food security.
World Food Day was first held on 16 October 1981. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Related Articles Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:52:19 +0000
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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Media Center Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:28:37 +0000
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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Media Center Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:01:06 +0000
Consultancies http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2013-12-04-17-19-59/consultancies http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2013-12-04-17-19-59/consultancies

 

Individual Database Consultant

The Nile-SEC wishes to contract an individual Database consultant to carry out activities that lead to the strengthening of the Water Resources Information Management System (WIMS) for the Ministry of Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources (MEDIWR) of South Sudan.
Interested Applicants are invited to submit letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae by e-mail to: The Executive Director, Nile Basin Initiative, nbisec@nilebasin.org, P O Box 192; Entebbe, Uganda; and copy to skizzy@nilebasin.org;

 

Kindly indicate "Database Individual Consultant- South Sudan" in the subject line by e-mail). The deadline for receiving the applications and CVs is 15th October 2014. The Full ToRs can be found here

 

Tranining Consultant

The Nile-SEC seeks an individual  Consultant to train and  strengthen Institutional Capacity in Water Law and Water Policy Processes in the Republic of South Sudan. Download complete Tors here

 

 


 

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krialex21@gmail.com (Super User) Jobs / vacancies Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:17:19 +0000
Internships and Special Programs http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2013-12-04-17-19-59/internships-and-special-programs http://nilebasin.org/index.php/2013-12-04-17-19-59/internships-and-special-programs
  1. Water Resources Department Interns

The water resources management department of the Nile Secretariat is planning to engage interns during the period September 2014 through December 2015. Applications should be sent to internship@nilebasin.org and should be received by 10th September 2014. Applications should be supported by 3 - 5 pages technical proposal that demonstrates how the research or intended work as well as personal experience would fit within the identified areas of engagement. Up to date CV should be enclosed. Details of the themes, technical scope, eligibility conditions, involvement modalities and logistical arrangements, and related information can be downloaded from here

2. Young Professional for Strategic and Corporate Communications - including Social Media

 The NBI Secretariat is seeking to engage a Young Professional to provide technical assistance in the area of Strategic and corporate communications including Social Media for the Secretariat.The ToRs of the Assignment can be found here

Please submit your Curriculum Vitae latest 25th September, 2014 to:
The Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat
P.O. Box 192 Entebbe, Uganda
Plot 12 Mpigi Road
Email: embonye@nilebasin.org

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prutagwera@nilebasin.org (Patrick Rutagwera) Jobs / vacancies Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:04:58 +0000