In 2010, a knowledge exchange between Sudanese and South African water engineers and decision
makers resulted in significant government support in Sudan for the concept of Integrated
Water Resource Management (IWRM).
The tours, arranged in conjunction with the South African Water Research Commission,
gave senior Sudanese officials concrete examples of how to tackle the sustainable
development, allocation and monitoring of water resources.
In May 2010, UNEP arranged for water engineers from the Darfur states and national
departments to visit South Africa to review drought management strategies in the Eastern
and Southern Cape. The tour yielded valuable lessons and potential areas for
collaboration and prompted the development of a shared vision across the Darfuri
water sector. It also created major political support for IWRM to the extent that
UNEP was asked to plan a follow-up visit for high-level stakeholders to improve
their understanding of water-security issues and potential solutions.
Thus in November, UNEP led a delegation of senior Sudanese government officials on
a second study tour to South Africa which included presentations on such topics as
sustainable water supply; coordination mechanisms between government departments
and the effects of climate change; as well as discussions on water laws and policies
in South Africa; and visits to ranches and citrus farms to view irrigation
facilities and meet with farmers and irrigators.
In early 2011, the State Minister of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources
requested UNEP to support their work in promoting IWRM as a national policy and practice.