Improve Monitoring of the Nile Basin by Using Satellite Observations, the NBI experience

The Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat aims at strengthening evidence-based trans boundary water resources planning and management through improved monitoring of the Basin using satellite observations. Discover their work through their quarterly Bulletins...

The Nile Basin overlapping the ESA African mosaic

The NBI in collaboration with its member states has designed a regional Hydro Meteorological monitoring system to enhance basin monitoring. In addition, use of satellite data has been identified as one way of supplementing the existing monitoring system.

The NBI Monitoring bulletins aims at providing a shared understanding of patterns of some of the water cycle components based on satellite data. Estimates of water cycle parameters provide insights on available opportunities for water use, water conservation and thereby enhance water use efficiencies.

They provides an analysis of Rainfall, Actual Evapotranspiration in the 10 major sub-basins compare to the long term average of 1981-2017, and an analysis of Water levels in some lakes from January to March 2020 as compared to the long term average of 1992-2018.

The 2 last bulletins

  • The River Nile Basin covers about 3,176,541 square kilometers, which represents about ten percent of Africa’s land mass area.
  • The Nile basin region is a land of increasing population and rapidly changing land use patterns; changes that have profound local, regional and global environmental significance.
  • The Nile Basin countries established the all-inclusive Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on February 22, 1999 with the shared vision objective: 'To achieve sustainable social economic development through the equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources'.
  • The Nile Secretariat is supported by GIZ (including but not limited to EU-WBZ funding [2017/393-749 - Programme for Transboundary Water Management in the Nile River Basin]) and  the danish group DHI as subcontractors... follow the link

  • Ms. Juliet NAKASAGGA
    Knowledge Management Officer
    Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat
    Mob: +256 782 864 763

Possible links and cross-fertilization with the GMES and Africa Support Programme

Water resource management is one of the two key domains of intervention of G&A 1st phase, see G&A Background

A specials thanks to  Jean-Baptiste FAUVEL, EEAS-KAMPALA.