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UNESCO Transboundary Water Experience: FRIEND/Nile by Dr. Abdelaziz Zaki , UNESCO Cairo, , Land and Water Days in Near East & North Africa, 15-18 December 2013, Amman, Jordan

UNESCO Transboundary Water Experience: FRIEND/Nile by Dr. Abdelaziz Zaki , UNESCO Cairo, , Land and Water Days in Near East & North Africa, 15-18 December 2013, Amman, Jordan

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  • 1. UNESCO Transboundary Water Experience: FRIEND/Nile by Dr. Abdelaziz Zaki UNESCO Cairo
  • 2. Challenges in the Nile The transboundary Nile Basin: interaction of population growth, water scarcity and regional conflict. Rapid population growth, 263 million =40% of the African, half of which is estimated to live in the Nile Basin South Sudan source: website of the NBI 100 80 60 40 20 0 Burundi DRC Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Rwanda S. Sudan… Tanzania Uganda Environmental degradation, drought, weak institutions, low financial capacity, inadequate infrastructure and social instability are major constraints Population (million) Million >70% depend on agriculture….Fragile to natural shocks (floods, droughts)
  • 3. Good Practice FRIEND/Nile Project Funded thru the UNESCO-Flanders Science Cooperation Networking • Regional research teams / Young scientist Institutional and human Capacity building Integrated Water Resources Management WRRI - Egypt • Over 200 experts, including female experts and young scientists, from the Nile basin benefited from the project. EcoErosion & Hydrologic Sediment Transport Modeling Stochastic Modeling hydrology Khartoum Modeling Nairobi Kampala Trust building / Research cooperation / Change from data sharing to research outputs/results sharing Dar es Salaam • About 50 research project were implemented which wereKenya for a number of base Uganda Sudan Tanzania suggested water resources management projects in the participating countries. Capacity Building, Knowledge Transfer, Networking & Experience Exchange
  • 4. Output Example: GLASOD map of The Nile basin
  • 5. Future Perspective For Better Water Resources Management of the Nile Water Resources, an Integrated System Capacity Building for all Stakeholders is needed….. Water engineers and scientist Water Negotiators Decision makers Legal specialist Public at large Environmentalists Economists Sociologists
  • 6. Future Perspective How to shift from Promote Water Diplomacy counting on Soft Power Integrated Water Management interests to • Public Diplomacy • Dialogue Parliamentarians, civil Integrated basin management vision (Land, Water, Natural Resources,….etc) society/NGOs Incorporating economic • Shared Media programs development at social, environment, sustainable basin scale
  • 7. Transboundary Water Management: Negotiation Capacity Building Transboundary Water Negotiation: Water Engineers and/or Diplomats How to Waterize Diplomats.……. Dipolmatize Water Engineers…..
  • 8. Future Perspective Capacity Building and Networking among the Nile stakeholders: water scientists, experts, water negotiators, civil society association/public at large, economists, sociologists, environmentalists, legal specialist, are powerful tools in enhancing and addressing the common problems, and thus introduce sustainable and workable solutions to these problem.
  • 9. Thanks for your kind attention