CIWA is enhancing access to Remote Sensing data and data platforms to address constraints to water resources management, enable partners to make evidence-based decisions, and promote transboundary water cooperation.
Sophisticated global data technology is enabling CIWA to scale up its information-related support across the region. Its Water Data Revolution (WDR) technical cooperation helps countries and regional organizations improve data collection, data management, analysis, and interpretation using specific applications such as Remote Sensing data.
CIWA’s WDR is building the capacity of partners to make decisions grounded in evidence and use cutting-edge technologies while creating a collaborative atmosphere to address challenges. The WDR is expected to form a pipeline to CIWA’s investment projects.
The technical cooperation supports selected engagements through a bottom-up, user-driven approach to identify needs and a top-down approach to connect innovative technologies such as RS tools, satellite imagery, and data platforms to users. Workshops and training on RS data analysis tools and uses for water management applications are building the capacity of transboundary water organizations, coordinating with partners such as Digital Earth Africa, International Water Management Institute, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. A data platform will be adapted to a specified water management application for selected clients.
This project helped address the hurdles faced by governments and development professionals to access and use This initiative will help countries improve their capacity to collect, store, and analyze data and information to improve water resources management. It will facilitate evidence-based decision-making by reducing the cost and complexity of water data and establishing connections with data platforms that facilitate the translation of information. It will improve flood-forecasting, monitoring of surface water quality, tracking of water diversions and allocations, and quantification of water storage.
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Noosha Tayebi, Water Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank and CIWA, discusses some of the data challenges in Africa and the role of digital data for improved transboundary water management and cooperation at the 9th Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2022.
To address the capacity-gap, the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) and World Bank supported Water Data Revolution (WDR): Closing the Data Gap for Transboundary Water in Africa project puts RS data tools into the hands of water managers.
CIWA has been involved in efforts to better monitor and understand water resources dynamics in the Lake Chad area, as a deep and continuous understanding of water resources based on data and knowledge forms the basis of informed decisions.
Of the 52 water quality monitoring stations that the Regional Nile Basin Hydromet Services study identified in the Basin, 39 of them will be supplied with water quality sensors for daily and sub-daily provision of water quality data.