Proposal developed : IGAD-HYCOS

The IGAD-HYCOS project is designed to promote the sustainable and integrated water resources development and management in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region through enhancement of regional cooperation and collaboration in the collection, analysis, dissemination and exchange of hydrological and hydro-meteorological data and information for water resources assessment, monitoring and management.

For that purpose the project aims at providing adequate infrastructure for hydrological observations and appropriate regional cooperation in information exchange among the IGAD countries. The project will provide the IGAD region with a hydrologic information system that will feed into a regional water information system, and will assist participating countries in developing their national capacities for more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable water management.

The participating countries in the IGAD-HYCOS Project are Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) with the World Meteorological Organization as the implementing agency. The current budget of IGAD-HYCOS is € 6.6 million and the completion date is set for March 2015, with possibility of a no-cost extension for 12 months under consideration.

The overall objectives of the IGAD-HYCOS project are:

  1. To promote sustainable and integrated water resources development and management in the IGAD region
  2. To enhance regional cooperation for the collection, analysis, dissemination and exchange of hydrological and hydro-meteorological data and information for water related decisionmaking.

The specific objectives are:

  1. To establish a Regional Water Information System
  2. To strengthen regional and national capacities of National Hydrological Services

 

The IGAD-HYCOS project is being executed in two phases, the preparatory phase (Phase I - one year) and implementation phase (Phase II - three years). The preparatory phase started in July 2011 and ended in June 2012. During this phase, the set up of the basis for the field work was completed with all necessary logistic arrangements to enable a smooth start for the field implementation phase (Phase II).

A revised project document was also developed in this phase. While the basic concept, goals and expected results envisaged in the original IGAD-HYCOS project document remained valid, the revised project activities were aligned with new on-the-ground realties and country needs to ensure successful implementation of the project.

As a result of the implementation of Phase II, it is expected to have in place a strong and powerful tool to help and assist participating countries in their socio-economic development plans. A Regional Water Information System is expected to be operational and supported by modern Regional and National Databases.

The activities during the implementation phase are classified under six main components:

  • Component 1: Establishing the IGAD Regional Centre for Water   Management (IRCWM)
  • Component 2: Establishment of IGAD – HYCOS monitoring Network
  • Component 3: Development of Regional Database and enhancing National Databases
  • Component 4: Development of IGAD – HYCOS Web page
  • Component 5: Strengthen Regional and National capabilities for Water Resources Management

Through provision of real time hydrological information for stakeholders and its input to these and other national, regional and international programmes the IGAD-HYCOS project will help decision makers draw more effective water management plans, and adapt to climate change based on accurate information. This will support improved governance in water and sanitation and management of water resources, particularly in shared basins.