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Adapting to climate change induced water stress in the Nile River Basin Project Progress

Achievements in 2010

Inception workshop: A project inception workshop was held on 25-26 March 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together 52 participants from the ten Nile Basin countries. The objective of the meeting was to update partner organizations and governments on this new initiative, discuss the next steps, and outline deliverables in a detailed work plan for the inception phase proposed for 2010.

The participants recognized that the project will complement and strengthen on-going efforts to cooperatively manage the trans-boundary water challenges faced in the Nile Basin. Furthermore, the workshop enabled the representatives to review existing and past work within the Nile River Basin. They also selected the three implementing partner organizations who are undertaking the technical and capacity building work of the project. The workshop proceedings are available here

First Joint Partner Planning Meeting: This planning meeting held on 2-4 August 2010 in Entebbe, Uganda was critical for the partners to agree on a joint costed work plan with clear timelines, and share information on the status of each partner in respect to their work package.

Comprehensive Assessments: As a first step, comprehensive assessments are being undertaken to provide information and data that will feed into other aspects of the project. Two assessments have been concluded so far:

  • A stock-taking of existing activities related to climate change adaptation in the basin, key players, and existing projects at regional, national and local levels
  • Collection of good adaptation practices at regional, national and local levels across the basin

The third assessment is to assess the capacity needs at basin, sub-basin and national level, map the institutional landscape, and develop a strategy for policy and institutional support.

Achievements in 2011

The year started well for the project with two important meetings being held from January 27 and 29th 2011.

Assessment Framework Inception Meeting: The first meeting was convened by UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA). This was an inception meeting which brought together sector experts to agree on a common assessment approach and format for reporting on work they are undertaking. DEWA has been tasked with the development of an assessment framework including themes, tools, criteria and indicators for selecting hotspots.

Second Joint Partner Planning Meeting: A second implementing partner planning meeting was also held in Cairo in January 2011. The meeting was convened by UNEP for the key partners implementing the different work packages of the project. This meeting focused on assessing progress and discussing how all partners can contribute towards the development of the capacity building and training work package.

Follow up assessment and modelling scenario development group meeting
A follow up meeting was held in Kampala, Uganda from 13-15th June 2011. The progress of assessment, scenario development and modelling was reviewed, based on the previous meeting in Egypt. After much deliberations, the expected report, its structure and other information and data which had not be been available/accessible were discussed. An agreed report structure was agreed upon and an initial draft developed to be beefed up in the coming months. The team agreed to have a second draft at the next planning meeting which was scheduled to take place along the margins of the Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF).

Planning meeting on technical issues focusing on the integrated assessment work on-going in the basin and also agreeing on clear delivery roadmap for the project in 2012
This planning meeting was held in Kigali, Rwanda on 23-29 October, back to back with the third Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF). The aim of this meeting was to coordinate and facilitate the finalization of assessment and model scenario work under Work Package 1 (Comprehensive Assessment and Modelling) and also to develop a clear roadmap for the final stages of the project taking into account all the respective work packages of the project. . The key outcomes were: 1) a revised draft report for scientific peer review by selected experts in the Nile Basin Region and others outside the basin who have done some scientific work in the basin; 2) key milestones and timelines for the report completion were discussed and agreed upon, including publication and 3) a clear roadmap of deliverables for the last stage of the project in 2012.

Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed between UNEP and NBI.
The signing of the MOU between UNEP and NBI was a great step forwards, since it enabled closer cooperation between the two partners and effectively the member countries and it will help the project to obtain relevant climate data required for the modelling component

Main Contact persons:

Musonda Mumba, Programme Officer and Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) Flagship Programme Focal Point (musonda.mumba@unep.org) and Felice van der Plaat, Associate Programme Officer, (felicitas.vanderplaat@unep.org)