The Nile Basin Capacity Building Network NBCBN in partnership with the cooperation programme on Water and Climate, UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands, organized a two-days workshop (27th - 28th October, 2008) on “ Impact of Climate Change on the Water Resources System of the Nile Basin”" in City Stars Intercontinental Hotel, Cairo, Egypt, to launch the multidisciplinary research modality of the NBCBN. It focused on studying the impacts of climate change on different aspects of water management in the Nile and defining adaptation strategies to cope with the most serious effects of climate change.
The main objectives of the research project that are addressed during this workshop are:
- Define the impact of climate change on the rainfall-run-off relations within the Nile Basin
- Define the impacts of changes in run-off and stream flow on hydropower, floods, safety, and ecology and environment of the great lakes and wetlands of the Nile basin.
- Define hotspots within the Nile Basin where climate change will have the most significant impact
- Define adaptation strategies for the different hotspots.
The selection of participants was based on a detailed survey conducted by NBCBN. The Target group attended the workshop are well-selected researchers from the Nile basin countries through whom the research project will be initiated and implemented. In addition, a big attendance from UNESCO-IHE and different regional and international networks and projects such as Cooperative Program on Water and Climate, Nile Basin Initiative Network, Nile Basin Research Program, NeWater, JICA and UNESCO-IHE PoWER project