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Wednesday, 12 December 2018
 

Sudan: UN Affirms the Importance of Wadi Al-Koa Project

Government of Sudan, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the European Union (EU) inaugurated the second phase of Wadi Al-Koa Project to manage water, and livelihoods in North Darfur State.
Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Osman Mohamed Yousif Kibir said that the said project in the State of North Darfur is one of the strategic projects in terms of water, development, increase production, stability and self-sufficiency, stressing the state's commitment to support joint projects between them and partners.
Speaking at the inauguration of the second phase of the Wadi Al-Koa Basin project in North Darfur State, Kibir said that the project came at the right time and place, praising the efforts and contributions of the European Union and the United Nations in supporting the project, calling for more efforts to support water harvesting projects in Darfur, saying that such projects reflect the cooperation between the Sudan, United Nations and the European Union. He pointed out that they are in need of development and the establishment of more projects, calling for the development of the project and it’s widening its circle to be used in the development of climate, noting that 80% of the population of the state is farmers and grazing. He directed the state government to provide support to benefit from the project widely because the Darfur communities need such projects, adding that the conditions surrounding the world especially climate change need more efforts and support, stressing that the future of the world in the environment.
For his part, State Minister at the Environment Supreme Council, Abboud Jabir called to implement such experiment in the other states, indicating to the importance of Wadi Al-Koa project to support the development services, saying that North Darfur State facing challenges, top of which drought and desertification, indicating that the project will support agricultural and social movement.
Minister of Production and Economic Resources of North Darfur State affirmed that the project aims to improve livelihoods to 700 thousand of the state population.




 State Minister at the National Council for Environment, Abboud Jabir affirmed the importance of Wadi Al-Koa Project for the development and stability in Darfur.
During his meeting, here yesterday, with the United Nations  environment delegation, headed by the Country Director, where the meeting discussed cooperation aspects in the environment sector, the minister listened to briefing on the efforts of the UN environment in Sudan, and the support it has provided to preserve environment  in Sudan.

The Project

Growing demand and climate change make water among the most pressing challenges the world faces in the 21st century. Sudan is no exception. Climate change is hitting the country hard. As an example, rainfall in El Fasher in North Darfur declined by half over the last decade and the area viable for non-irrigated agriculture is expected to move 100km southwards in the states of North Darfur, North Kordofan, and Kassala.
The first phase of the Wadi El-Ku Catchment Management project built sustainable infrastructures to spread seasonal water to a wider area, increased agricultural productivity, reduced erosion, partially reversed the displacement of farmers, improved joint decision-making, and contributed to peace and stability in North Darfur.
The project notably helped triple agricultural productivity in millet and sorghum. When asked, 7 out of 10 people said that their income had increased, which they attributed to the project. “Many parts of Sudan are facing climate-related challenges and we need to replicate such projects in other parts of Sudan,” said H.E. Dr. Osman Mohamed Yousif Kibir, Vice President of Sudan.
“Wadi El Ku – Phase 1 was very successful: three dams and one hafir have been constructed, allowing 1,584 households from 54 villages to cultivate also during part of the dry season. The improved livelihood, the potential for reforestation are a big success and UN Environment and Practical Action, as well as the local authorities and villagers involved should be commended for this achievement,” said H.E. Ambassador Jean-Michel Dumond, Head of Delegation, European Union in Sudan.
The new phase will more than triple the area covered by the project, expanding to all communities upstream and downstream of the Wadi El Ku catchment. Consequently, this will be a demonstration project for uptake and replication in Darfur and Sudan in the future. It will also contribute to the overall objective of establishing climate-resilient livelihoods and reducing natural resource conflicts and displacement due to loss of livelihoods in North Darfur.
“Building on a successful first phase, the purpose of this project is to continue to demonstrate how this harmful cycle can be halted and eventually reversed while at the same time rebuilding relationships over natural resources,” said Mr. Atila Uras, UN Environment Country Programme Manager for Sudan.
"The Wadi El Ku project is a life-changing project that empowers local communities and imbues them with great sense of dignity. Practical Action is honoured to be part of this initiative and thrilled to work in close partnership with UN Environment,” said Muna Eltahir Hamdan, Country Director, Practical Action Sudan.
“Because of the great success of Phase 1 of the Wadi El Ku project, our partnership with UN Environment scaled up and reached Nepal, where Practical Action Nepal and UN Environment are now working together. We are positive that Phase 2 will achieve even more and be even more successful."
The second phase of the project will demonstrate interventions that enhance agricultural productivity, improve natural resource management, and strengthen cooperation over natural resources at the community level. With this expansion, our intervention will directly support over 80,000 farming families and provide benefits to around 700,000 people living near the wadi or depending on its water for their livelihoods.
The Wadi El Ku Catchment Management Project will also expand the science base on water and natural resources, as well as the inclusive natural resource management system established under the first phase, to serve improved decision-making on water and natural resources across the wider catchment.
The project is implemented by UN Environment in partnership with the government of Sudan, the state government of North Darfur, local-based civil society organizations and local communities. The combined strengths, contributions, and commitment of these partners will continue to ensure positive change and serve as a model for how partnerships can strengthen livelihoods, protect the environment, and contribute to peace in Darfur and Sudan.

 


The Wadi El Ku Catchment Management Project (Phase 2), which is financed by the EU Trust Fund and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), is aiming at establishing climate resilient livelihoods in North Darfur through the improvement of the natural resource use and management in Wadi El Ku, as well as application of improved techniques in resources management and agriculture. The project will support communities to better manage their soil, water and forest resources, and to address the growing soil erosion and land degradation the area. This would allow communities to achieve a sustainable increase in agriculture production and related value chain. In addition, the project will use these activities to strengthen community-based decision-making and peacebuilding around natural resource management issues, and to promote community participation in an improved system of integrated catchment management and governance.

Wadi El Ku IS situated in a marginal agro ecological zone. Its proximity to El Fasher ,  a regional  trading hub and home to a large population .including internally displaced people, has increased the demand on land and water , putting extreme pressure on the capacity of the environment ,as well as the planning capacity of the government.
This , combined with conflict, has resulted on degradation of the environment ,including  deforestation ,erosion and soil fertility depletion, and haphazard water management . Thus, people’s livelihoods have been weakened and their capacities to adapt have been challenged, setting in motion a negative cycle between environment and economic recovery within and around Wadi El Ku.
Building on a successful Phase 1, the purpose of the Wadi El Ku Catchment Management Project Phase 2 is to continue to demonstrate how his harmful cycle can be halted and eventually  reversed ,while at the same time rebuilding relationships over natural resources.    



The minister said that the meeting discussed efforts of the UNE  in Wadi Al-Koa  in North Darfur State, where  its second stage was inaugurated today, besides that they discussed the issues of climate change and its reflection on Sudan, especially in Darfur, Kordofan, Blue Nile, , Kassala   states, and Savannah areas, calling for the need for confidence building and political will  to implement the climate change agreement, saying that the UN Environment Organization, and the European Union agreed  to finance the second stage  of Al-Koa Project with amount of 100 million euro. The Wadi El Ku Catchment Management Project (Phase 2), which is financed by the EU Trust Fund and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), is aiming at establishing climate resilient livelihoods in North Darfur through the improvement of the natural resource use and management in Wadi El Ku, as well as application of improved techniques in resources management and agriculture. The project will support communities to better manage their soil, water and forest resources, and to address the growing soil erosion and land degradation the area. This would allow communities to achieve a sustainable increase in agriculture production and related value chain. In addition, the project will use these activities to strengthen community-based decision-making and peacebuilding around natural resource management issues, and to promote community participation in an improved system of integrated catchment management and governance.


The Wadi El Ku Catchment Management Project (Phase 2), which is financed by the EU Trust Fund and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), is aiming at establishing climate resilient livelihoods in North Darfur through the improvement of the natural resource use and management in Wadi El Ku, as well as application of improved techniques in resources management and agriculture. The project will support communities to better manage their soil, water and forest resources, and to address the growing soil erosion and land degradation the area. This would allow communities to achieve a sustainable increase in agriculture production and related value chain. In addition, the project will use these activities to strengthen community-based decision-making and peacebuilding around natural resource management issues, and to promote community participation in an improved system of integrated catchment management and governance.