Enhancing conjunctive management of surface and groundwater resources in selected transboundary aquifers: Case study for selected shared groundwater bodies in the Nile Basin

Lead country

Regional - Africa

Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From June 17, 2020 to June 17, 2025

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  2. 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  3. 6.5 Implement integrated water resources management

Project ID: 5783

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Protection of transboundary surface & groundwater resources in a changing climate


  • FreshWaters
  • Human altered areas


  • Aquifers
  • Industrial site

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Innovative approaches


  • Governance
  • Capacity building


  • Transboundary governance
  • Institutional framework
  • Institutional capacity building

Social inclusion


Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management
  • 15.1 Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems
  • 6.5 Implement integrated water resources management

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Structural/system transformation
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

Project Objective: Project Objective: To strengthen knowledge base, capacity and cross-border institutional mechanisms for sustainable use and management of selected transboundary aquifers in the Nile Equatorial Lakes and Easter Nile sub-basins.The transboundary aquifers that will be covered by the study and beneficiary countries sharing these aquifers are given in section describing the ‘alternative'. Final selection of the aquifers will be made during the PPG phase of the project.

USD $5,479,452

Grant amount

USD $25,850,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($5,479,452)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Nile Basin Initiative (IGO)

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