World Bank allocates Sh. 105m to manage water resources in Nile region,
World Bank allocates Sh. 105m to manage water resources in Nile region
The Nile Cooperation Climate Resistance Project will be put into action with the help of Sh105 million from the World Bank.
All seven East African partner states—Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Southern Sudan—will participate in the implementation.
Deputy Executive of Lake Victoria Basin Commission
The bank has already committed to supporting the proposal to strengthen mechanisms for collaboration on water resources management and development in the Nile Basin, according to Secretary Eng. Colletha Ruhamya.
According to Eng. Ruhamya, the commission will undertake policy harmonization, improve water quality in the Lake Victoria sub-basin, and create a strategy and action plan using the financing.
She remarked, “We appreciate the World Bank’s enormous help coming at a time when a sizable number of people living in the Nile Basin are suffering significant issues. The current problems will be resolved in large part thanks to this funding.
The seven nations that make up the Nile Equatorial Lakes as well as the partner states in East Africa, according to Eng. Ruhamya, would be included in the activities.
She stated that the activity’s main goal would be to enhance and harmonize the water quality regulations that apply to the nations in the sub-basin.
Additionally, Eng. Ruhamya stated that the commission and the World Bank are in communication about maritime issues, remote sensing for water quality, and Lake water level monitoring.
According to her, “the permanent secretaries from the seven partner states have committed to making sure that they ensure that they mobilize resources that will help in the smooth implementation of these projects.”
Deforestation, excessive grazing, and soil erosion brought on by subpar farming practices within the lake watershed are just a few of the significant dangers the Nile Basin has been experiencing.
The second-largest freshwater body in the world, Lake Victoria, is similarly threatened by pollution, which endangers both aquatic and terrestrial life.