In summer 2017, SWP commenced a stakeholder-driven water security improvement process in Cambodia. The four-year process will identify and support the implementation of key actions that build resilience to the growing risks facing Cambodia’s water resources and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services. Focusing on the Stung Chinit river watershed, which flows into the Tonle Sap basin, the SWP team will improve water security by:
Originating from the Mau Escarpment in Kenya’s Rift valley, the Mara River Basin covers nearly 14,000 square kilometers, providing a vital source of life in Kenya and Tanzania. Launched in early 2018, the three-year Sustainable Water for the Mara (SWM) activity is supporting national, sub-national, and regional governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in the Mara River Basin to safeguard access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, socioeconomic development, and the protection of ecosystem services. Led by Winrock International and Tetra Tech, with technical expertise provided by SEI and IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, the three-year activity is:
In the spring of 2018, SWP started facilitating a partnership process involving USAID along with the South African Government’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Groundwater Management Institute of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) Research Africa, the Water Research Commission of South Africa, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This partnership is meant to support research teams comprised of domain experts and data scientists in addressing key research questions related to the management of water resources that are shared by two or more Southern African countries, with a particular interest on the interaction between groundwater and surface water. This process will involve supporting a series of research projects, providing training opportunities in big data, and providing opportunities for experts to network and work together.
The goals of these activities are to:
The Sahel today is marked by food and water insecurity, persistent poverty, poor governance, high population growth rates and recurrent climate shocks that enhance vulnerability to conflict and extremism. The magnitude of shocks has so exceeded local coping capacity that people and systems are less able to manage the risks they face and recover when a shock occurs.
USAID’s Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) project has been implemented in Niger and Burkina Faso since 2012. The second phase, RISE II, continues the same efforts with the overall goal that chronically vulnerable populations in Burkina Faso and Niger, supported by resilient systems, effectively manage shocks and stresses and pursue sustainable pathways out of poverty.
Led by Winrock’s Sustainable Water Partnership, the USAID “TerresEauVie” Activity addresses RISE II’s first objective to “Enhance social and ecological risk management systems” through three components:
Beginning in the spring of 2017, SWP began a strategic water security assessment of agricultural water management in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province of Pakistan that culminated in an Agricultural Water Governance Workshop for key stakeholders at both the central and provincial level. Before the workshop, SWP produced a preliminary report that included:
The preliminary report included a range of recommendations for addressing water vulnerabilities and risks (stresses and shocks) associated with agricultural water management. Recommendations related to institutional strengthening, improved operations of existing or planned infrastructure, new or improved gray or green infrastructure, and public education and social/behavioral change.
In spring 2018, SWP started assisting USAID/Nepal in a strategic activity meant to improve the coordination and integration of USAID/Nepal’s Feed the Future, Environment and Resilience activities. SWP will support USAID/Nepal and SEED implementing partners working in the Rangun Khola and Lower Karnali watersheds to develop and implement integrated plans to improve water security and strategically use results and learning to inform programming around more effective water resources management. This activity will provide four key deliverables:
Header photo by Bobby Neptune.