|Narrative description of Project:|
The riparian countries of the Nile – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda; Eritrea participates as observer – have embarked on the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). The NBI is governed by the Council of Ministers of Water Affairs of the Nile Basin states (Nile Council of Ministers, or Nile-COM) and seeks to develop the river Nile in a cooperative manner, share substantial socioeconomic benefits, and promote regional peace and security. Their shared vision is: to "achieve sustainable socioeconomic development through the equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources," leading to a Strategic Action Program (SAP) to translate this vision into concrete activities and projects. Under the aegis of its Water Resources Planning and Management (WRPM) Project, DHI will develop and deploy the Nile Basin Decision Support System (NB DSS) to support water resources planning and investment decisions in the Nile Basin, especially those with cross-border or basin level ramifications. The system comprises an information management system, a regional river basin modelling system, and a suite of analytical tools to support multi-objective analysis of investment alternatives. NB DSS will aid the development of core national capabilities to assist in the evaluation of alternative development paths and the identification of joint investment projects at sub-regional (ENTRO and NELSAP-CU) and regional levels (NBI). The project includes the design, development, adaptation, testing and deployment of NB DSS at regional, sub-regional and national level as well as proof-of-concept, training, and continued support after the final deployment of NB DSS.