NILE BASIN INITIATIVE (NBI)/NILE EQUOTORIAL LAKES SUBSIDIARY ACTION PROGRAME (NELSAP) WETLANDS PROJECT BRIEF
The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is a partnership of the riparian states effective 1999; it seeks to develop the river in a cooperative manner, share substantial socioeconomic benefits, and promote regional peace and security through its shared vision of “sustainable socioeconomic development through the equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources”. NBI includes Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Eritrea as an observer. The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) is one of two investment programs under the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and its operations extends to all NBI countries. The other Subsidiary Action Program is the Eastern Nile (ENSAP).
The NELSAP mission is to “contribute to the eradication of poverty, promotion of economic growth and reversal of environmental degradation” in the Nile Equatorial Lakes Region. The role and mandate of NELSAP is to ‘facilitate, support and strengthen the identification, preparation and implementation supervision processes for NELSAP projects for the benefit of all riparian countries. NELSAP facilitates identification, preparation and implementation supervision and facilitation of resource mobilization for investment projects. NELSAP promotes among other investments; river basin management and development, watershed and wetlands management.
Wetlands Management in NELSAP is anchored on the NBI Wetland Management Strategy adopted by the NBI member states in 2013. The strategy was developed based on Nile Basin Sustainability Framework (NBSF) as a strategic framework adopted by the Nile Council of Ministers (NILE-COM) in 2011. The objectives of the strategy are to:
1. Strengthen the knowledge base on wetlands of transboundary importance in the Nile Basin to support basin-wide conservation, management, planning and restoration efforts;
2. Raise awareness and undertake advocacy efforts on the important role of wetlands and their ecosystem functions for the basin’s development;
3. Develop and promote a basin-wide approach for the sustainable and cooperative management of wetlands taking into account the full range of wetland uses;
4. Strengthen national policies and institutional capacities for the effective management of wetlands with basin-wide importance; and
5. Strengthen the capacities of NBI and its member states to realize projects for implementing wetland management plans.
2. Project Overview and Scope.
NBI-NELSAP is implementing a transboundary Wetlands Management project which aims at development of the Wetlands Conservation and investment Plans for wetlands of transboundary significance in the Nile Equatorial Lakes Region. The regional project is implemented in the Nile Basin countries in transboundary sub-basin of the: Mara (Kenya, Tanzania), Kagera (Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania), Sio-Malaba-Malakisi (Kenya, Uganda), Lake Edward and Albert (DR Congo, Uganda), Sudd (South Sudan). Supported through the Nile cooperation by the German Government and jointly implemented with giz, the project budget is at the tune of $ 431,775 and slated for January 2018 to March 2020.
The aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the NBI and the riparian states for the management of wetlands of transboundary relevance. At the basin-wide level, the project aims to increase the knowledge base and strengthen capacity to integrate green infrastructure in river basin planning. The project thus contributes to biodiversity conservation as well as to ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change and to regional cooperation in the Nile region. It adopts regional approaches to capacity development and support replicable on the ground action to ensure multiplier effects within the Nile Basin region and beyond for other international river basins.
Overarching project goal (Outcome)
The technical and institutional capacities for sustainable management of wetlands of transboundary relevance in the Nile basin are strengthened.
Specific project goals (outputs)
1. Nile Basin/ Level of river basin planning: The knowledge base for ecosystem based sustainable management of wetlands of transboundary relevance in the Nile Basin wetlands is strengthened.
2. Equatorial Lakes Region/ Level of wetland management: In transboundary sub-basins of the Nile Basin (Mara, Kagera, Sio-Malaba-Malakisi, Lakes Edward and Albert, Sudd), plans for the management of wetlands of transboundary relevance are in place and are being implemented.
3. Capacity development and networking: The lessons learned from implementing the project are compiled and action-related information is disseminated via national, regional and international networks, platforms and training measures.
3. Expected Outputs Per Site
Mara Wetland: Environmental flows assessments for regulating river flows as part of finalizing and harmonizing Water Allocation Plan (WAP) and Implement prioritized Initial measures from the Conservation Investment Plan (CIP).
Sango Bay Minziro: Develop a Transboundary Management Plan for Sango Bay wetlands, develop CIP for Minziro landscape Implement prioritized Initial measures from the Sango Bay and Minziro CIPs.
Semliki Delta: Develop a Semliki Delta Wetlands Management Plan, develop CIP for Semliki Delta Wetlands, implement prioritized Initial measures from the management plan and CIP.
Sio-Siteko Wetland: Update the Wetland Community Based Management Plan, develop a CIP and Implement prioritized initial measures from the CIP.
Sudd Wetland: A management plan as results of a series of detailed assessments and studies.
For More Information Contact:
Mr. Sadiki Lotha Laiser, Project Coordinator, Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)/Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) Kigali City Tower, 5th Floor, Plot 6418, Avenue du Commerce, P. O. Box 6759, Kigali, RWANDA.
Mobile: +250-789-71 34 88/+255- 754 -203 925