Closure of the Project Office in Entebbe, UGANDA
The project headquarters office is located in Entebbe within premises provided by the government of Uganda at the Directorate of Water Resources Management. The building was refurbished by FAO Nile in 1997.
This office will close on 31 March 2009 and shall be handed back to the Directorate of Water Resources Management marking the end of 13 years of FAONILE.
The Government of Italy started its basin-wide support to the Nile process with Project “Operational Water Resources Management and Information System in the Nile Basin Countries” (March 1996-November 1999). The project was implemented by the national Focal Point Institutions (FPI) in the participating Nile riparians. FAO provided technical and operational support. The project had a budget of 5.5 million US Dollars. Its achievements include:
• Improved communication facilities.
• Establishment of GIS units at the FPIs.
• Upgraded satellite remote sensing equipment.
• Capacity building in technical, environmental, legal and institutional aspects of the shared Nile river basin.
Project GCP/INT/752/ITA “Capacity Building for Nile Basin Water Resources Management” (December 1999-November 2004) had a budget of 5.5 million US Dollars. It focused on creating a common knowledge base and equal level of technical capacity as an essential stepping stone for equitable, sustainable, and efficient utilization of the shared water Nile waters. The main accomplishments include:
• Establishment of a transboundary hydro-meteorological monitoring network comprising of around 100 stations.
• Establishment of geo-referenced databases at the national FPIs.
• Development of the Nile Decision Support Tool (Nile DST).
• Training in legal and institutional aspects of water resources management issues.
The current project GCP/INT/945/ITA “Information Products for Nile Basin Water Resources Management” (December 2004-June 2009) has a budget of US$ 5.17 million, bringing the total contribution since 1996 of the Government of Italy to the Nile process to over US$ 16 million. The overall project objective is to strengthen the ability of the governments of the riparian states to take informed decisions with regard to water resources policy and management in the Nile basin.
Specific outputs included:
- Introduction of modern hydro-meteorological monitoring technology and limited expansion of network;
- Database development of time series records and geo-referenced layers;
- Consolidation and capacity building with regard to the Nile Decision Support Tool (Nile DST);
- Development of a poster series to make existing information on the Nile system more accessible to decision makers and the general public;
- Development of an agricultural production database for the Nile Basin;
- Analysis of the bio-physical, social, and economic constraints in agricultural production through a farming system survey;
- Development of a scenario set for demand for agricultural produce in the Nile basin for the horizon year 2030;
- A substantive capacity building effort with over 560 trainees in 60 training events.
FAO and members of the Nile riparian countries would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Italy for its support to the Nile process.