When humanity pollutes water with chemicals, plastic and other waste substances, this greatly affects the quality of that water source, hence, directly impacting on wildlife (both aquatic and on land) and plants.
In order to ensure the protection, restoration and promotion of the sustainable use of water related ecosystems in the Nile Basin, the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is implementing a 10-year Strategy (2017-2027) organised around six goals, which strategically align with the support from the World Bank/CIWA.
Goal 4, under which water quality falls, is about environmental sustainability, protecting and restoring degraded ecosystems not only for today, but tomorrow as well. What this translates to is that rivers, lakes and wetlands of the Nile Basin, which provide services on which millions of lives depend, are being destroyed at an alarming rate. However, by working together, citizens of the Nile Basin can ensure that these ecosystems are protected and receive the water they need.
Embedded in the 10-year strategy, is the 5-year Basin Wide Programme-BWP (2017-2022) implementation with a substantial component on transboundary water resources management.
One of the specific objectives of the BWP is to strengthen and apply the evidence based and policy instruments for the protection, restoration and sustainable utilisation of wetland, rivers and lake ecosystems. To support the achievement of this goal, NBI intends to support the improvement of national water quality monitoring networks and regional water quality information systems to facilitate basin states to take joint actions to address and reverse the impacts of deteriorating water quality in different parts of the basin.
It is within this context that the Nile Cooperation for Climate Resilience (NCCR) project, implemented by NBI, Lake Victoria Basin Commission and Nile Basin Discourse, was proposed to support riparian countries to cooperatively address the ever-increasing water quality and pollution control challenges in the basin. The programme is supported by the World Bank through the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) Trust Fund. The project development objective is to improve mechanisms for cooperation on water resources management and development in the Nile Basin.
To this end, the NBI Secretariat recently conducted a regional workshop in Kigali, Rwanda to review and validate an inception report of consultancy services, which were conducted to support the installation and procurement of water quality monitoring equipment in the Nile Basin countries and introduce the Regional Water Quality Working Group Members to the NCCR Water Quality Activities executed by Nile-SEC on enhancing availability and use of water quality data.