Formulating an Action Programme for the Integrated Management of the Shared Nubian Aquifer

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Formulating an Action Programme for the Integrated Management of the Shared Nubian Aquifer

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Financing

Total: $975,000;

Sources of Financing: Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Timeframe

2005-2010

Status

Under Implementation

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Description

The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS) is one of the largest aquifers in the world covering approximately 2,000,000 km ² of Northeast Africa in Chad, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan. With growing populations and decreasing water availability from other sources, there is increasing pressure to enhance the abstraction of this tremendously valuable resource that, under current climatic conditions and based on current knowledge, appears to be only marginally rechargeable. This increased pressure to use the shared groundwater resources, despite unclear knowledge of the transboundary impacts, represents a potential threat to a precious resource that if not properly assessed and monitored, could lead to deterioration of water quality and/or irrational water use with the potential to harm biodiversity and enhance land degradation. It is expected that the project will lead to a clear understanding of transboundary issues, problems and potential solutions, a process for and significant progress in achieving a jointly developed and agreed strategic approach and action programme to address real and potential problems, as well as a framework for developing an appropriate legal mechanism.


Specifically, the four main objectives of the project are:

  • 1. Prepare and agree on a Shared Aquifer Diagnostic Analysis (SADA) to jointly identify, understand and reach agreement on the priority issues, threats and root causes of the NSAS
  • 2. Address and fill key methodological, data and capacity gaps needed for strategic planning decisions, using appropriate technical approaches with a focus on isotopic techniques and applications under the supervision of the IAEA.
  • 3. Undertake the preparation of a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) to outline the necessary legal, policy and institutional reforms needed to address the priority threats and their root causes as identified in the SADA for the NSAS with a focus on the environmental aspects of aquifer management.
  • 4. Establish a framework for developing an agreed legal and institutional mechanism towards a NSAS convention for joint four-partite management and rational use of the shared NSAS system.

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Achievements: Results and Impact

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See also

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Related Projects in Egypt
  1. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Nile River Basin
  2. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Jordan River Basin Part II
  3. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Jordan River Basin Part I
  4. The Nile: Moving Beyond Cooperation
  5. Sustainable Management of Available Water Resources with Innovative Technologies (SMART)
  6. Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Project (NTEAP)
  7. Mainstreaming Groundwater Considerations into the Integrated Management of the Nile River Basin
  8. Jordan Case Study
  9. GLOWA Jordan River
  10. Egypt mission report of the UN Independent Expert on human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation
  11. Developing Renewable Underground Water Resources in Arid Lands, A Pilot Case - The Eastern Desert of Egypt
  12. Collection and treatment of gray water in Manial Hany, Egypt
Related Projects in Libya

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    Related Projects in Sudan
    1. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Nile River Basin
    2. The Nile: Moving Beyond Cooperation
    3. Sudan Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment
    4. Strategic Action Programme for the Integrated Sustainable Management of the Congo river Basin
    5. Removal of Barriers to the Introduction of Cleaner Artisanal Gold Mining and Extraction Technologies
    6. Regional Water Intelligence Report: The Nile Basin and Southern Sudan Referendum
    7. Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Project (NTEAP)
    8. Mainstreaming Groundwater Considerations into the Integrated Management of the Nile River Basin

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