The workshop was organized in the period from 5th -7th of April, 2009, by the UNESCO Chair for Water Resources, Sudan, the hosting institution of Sudan Node and the River Morphology Research Cluster. The event was organized in collaboration with NBCBN –Secretariat office in Cairo, and was attended by Eng. Amel Azab representative of the NBCBN management team, and the scientific advisor of the research cluster, Dr. Alessandra Crosato from UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands. The workshop program included one day seminar and two working days for the cluster discussions and presentations. Countries which participated in the workshop were: Burundi, Egypt, Kenya and Sudan. The opening ceremony was attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Omdurman Islamic University who gave a speech on behalf of the University, which is supporting the activities of the UNESCO-Chair, and a group of professionals and experts in the field of river morphology from different institutions and Universities in Sudan.
In the seminar day a group of presentations reflecting the ongoing research in the field of river morphology and the state of the art in the topic were delivered by experts from different institutions and running projects. In addition, presentation by the group coordinators of the cluster and the local action research topics were also presented. The titles of these presentations are:
- Sediment Transport and River Morphodynamics Nile River, Alessandra Crosato, UNESCO-IHE
- Morphological processes of Blue Nile River between Roseires and Sinnar , MSc thesis by Yasir Salih, UNESCO-IHE
- Challenges of Water Resources and Environmental Management in The Nile Basin, Prof. Kamal Abdo, University of Khartoum
- Bridge Pier Scour (River Nile in Sudan), Dr. M. Akode
- Blue Nile Hydrosolidarity- In search of sustainable catchment and basin wide solidarity in the Blue Nile River Basin, Yasir Salih, University of Khartoum and UNESCO-IHE
During the rest of the workshop, the main discussion points were related to the cluster research group’s progress and detailed work plans for finalisation of research tasks. The workshop outputs and recommendations will be reported and published soon on NBCBN website