COMPLETED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
1. Lakes Edward and Albert Fisheries Project (LEAF I)
The Lakes Edward and Albert Fisheries Project Phase I (LEAF I) was among the NBI projects that the AfDB committed to support in the International Consortium on the Cooperation on the Nile (ICCONI)1 in 2001. The project was implemented over a 3 years period (2005-2008) with a funding of USD 2.3 million. The project was identified under the NELSAP and it was shared between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Republic of Uganda. This phase was designed to generate replicable experiences in the management of fisheries resources in a trans boundary context; to avail to DRC and Uganda a sustainable investment and management plans for the joint use of the water and fisheries resources of Lakes Edward and Albert Basin and identify the major socio-economic problems.
2. Regional Agricultural Trade and Productivity Project (RATP)
The project was financed by the World Bank up to a tune of USD7.0 Million and implemented over a four (4) years period (2009 -2012). It was a priority project to enhance food security and promote pro-poor growth in the Nile Basin. The Project delivered the following studies: (i) developed the Nile Basin Agricultural Model, (ii) assessed the irrigation potential in seven (7) Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries of (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania), (iii) promoted the best practices on water harvesting and irrigation practices, (iv) cross border agricultural trade studies focusing on Trans-boundary Grain/ Pulses Trade, Livestock Trade in the Nile Basin Region”, (v) virtual water/water footprint analysis, documentation and awareness creation as well as (vi) definition of the NBI agricultural role, based on study of River Basin Organization (RBO) lessons, and national and regional consultations.
3. Nile Equatorial Lakes Water Resources Development Project
Over a thirty four (34) months period (2010-2012). The project supported the scaling of the NELSAP strategy with a specific development objective to identify and advance the preparation of a strategic portfolio of ‘bankable’ Water Resources projects that demonstrate benefits of cooperation to each NEL Country within a broader coordinated water-related investment strategy for the region. The project identified investment projects worth USD 2,752 Billion following the delivery of the following key studies: (1) project preparatory studies to enable the formulation of cooperative investment projects in five NEL sub basins; i.e. Gucha-Migori and Yala river basins in Kenya; Lake Kyoga basin in Uganda; Aswa basin between South Sudan and Uganda; and Lake Victoria basin in Tanzania (2) a regional analysis (multi sector investment opportunities analysis); and (3) regional facilitation and coordination.
4. NELSAP Trans-boundary River Basin Management Program
The project was funded by the Governments of Sweden and Norway to the tune of USD 6.484 Million. The project was implemented over eight(8) year (2006-2014) period and supported the pre-investment bridging phase program for the three River Basin Management (RBM) projects of Mara basin (Kenya-Tanzania), Kagera basin (Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda &Burundi) and Sio-Malaba-Malakisi Basin ( Uganda-Kenya). The Project Development Objective were to establish a sustainable framework for the joint management of the water resources of the three sub basins; in order to prepare for sustainable development oriented investments to improve the living conditions of the people and to protect the environment. The objective for the bridging phase was to strengthen trans-boundary water resources planning and development. The specific grant objectives were: (i) to conclude the establishment of the River Basin institutions within the context of a framework that includes both the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and NBI and (ii) to supervise preparation of regional multi-purpose water infrastructure projects.
6. Integrated Management of Trans-boundary Water Resources of Lakes Cyohoha, Rweru and Akanyaru Marshland Project
The Integrated Management of Trans-boundary Water Resources of Lakes Cyohoha and Rweru and Akanyaru Marshland project (Known and abbreviated in French as GIRET Project) was financed by the African Development Bank through African Water Facility to a tune of Euro 770,000. The preparatory study was implemented over three (3) years’ period (2010 - 2012). The project delivered the following key studies: i) Integrated Management and Development Plans (IMDP) for the three water resources and Investments Profiles (IP); ii) a Diagnostic Analysis with an environmental screening of the water-resources; iii) constructed three hydro-meteorological stations enabling collection and sharing of the shared water resources data; iv) Trained forty (40) local key actors in fishery management and policy, environment and IWRM principles and law implementation.