SECCCI project online decision support tools

 

Photo: Flooding in Beletweyne 2016 © AMISOM/Flckr

The main objective of the project ‘Support for Effective Cooperation and Coordination of Cross-border Initiatives in Southwest Ethiopia-Northwest Kenya, Marsabit-Borana & Dawa, and Kenya-Somalia-Ethiopia’ (SECCCI) was to enhance the sustainable management of the Omo-Turkana, and the Dawa-Jubba-Shabelle river basins, in collaboration with the governments and technical experts of Kenya and Somalia.

In support of this objective, the project has established two web portals:

Through these portals, users can access different web applications which serve to inform and support planning of the transboundary water resources. The list of available applications can be used to guide technical analysis, consultations processes and result dissemination to stakeholders in a variety of ways. The available applications include following: 

Data monitor. This application provides free access to visualization, analysis and download of near real time data and information on the basin. These data can be used for monitoring, management and planning of water resources, as well as improved drought or flood management. Data monitor app contains over 130 datasets, many of them near-real time and covering a wide range of parameters required for natural and water resources monitoring. 

– Indicators. Contains a library of indicator descriptions and their metadata. Users can create new indicators and add these to the library. Users can also select indicators to build custom indicator frameworks, meant to monitor a specific environmental issue within the basin. The application already contains a default indicator framework that can be adjusted and complemented. 

– Planning. This application provides a tool for comparison and analysis of the river basin development, rehabilitation and adaptation measures and climate change scenarios, combining existing and proposed reservoirs, hydropower plants, irrigation schemes etc. The Planning tool utilizes scenario result presentation and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to identify the best alternatives for the decision-makers. 

– Root Cause Analysis. Using this tool, the users can quantify and analyze the impacts of a given environmental issue within the basin. The tool supports users in identifying the underlying causes of the issues using a Causal Chain Analysis (CCA) approach. The severity of each impact is assessed according to the Water Resource Issues Assessment Method (WRIAM). This helps users to find the causes behind the impacts as well as their underlying- and root causes. This is important for the planning process as it can be focused on addressing the real causes of the issues rather than just problem symptoms. Further, quantifying the severity of the impacts also enables stakeholders to prioritize the most serious problems. This increases the efficiency of the planning process and can help in design of the most effective measures. 

Documents. Finally, the online space also has designated app for storing and dissemination of reports, user guides and training material to stakeholders in order to support the information and knowledge dissemination. 

A technical training programme delivered in 10 sessions for Kenyan and Somali water resources experts. Step-by-step exercises and User guides for all the applications were produced and are available in the Documents app of the portal – all publicly accessible.

Discover more about the SECCCI project

Read the extra materials:

 

 

Playlist were published on Youtube, with more than 10 short videos showing the functionality of every TMO application: 

Lake Turkana and its river basins TMO – YouTube

Juba-Shabelle TMO – YouTube

For more information please contact Silvia Leirião, Water Resources Engineer at DHI via sls@dhigroup.com

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