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Bradley Smith
Programme Coordinator

Who's who

Dr Hamid Omer Ali A Senior Water Resource consultant with UNEP, Dr Hamid Omer Ali has over 30 years experience in Sudan's water sector

Water resource management in Sudan faces a number of diverse challenges from overuse and depletion of aquifers in central and northern parts of the country, to potential contamination from industrial and urban waste. In Darfur, water resources have been severely stressed as a result of the effects of the conflict. Some areas are facing chronic depletion of water resources year-on-year and are running dry.

UNEP in its Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment in 2007 made recommendations centred on developing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approaches in Sudan. Today, water resource management is one of the largest components of UNEP’s programme in Sudan.

On a practical level, UNEP is working with the UN WASH cluster and government authorities to monitor and mitigate the depletion of groundwater in Darfur’s IDP camps and the larger towns. UNEP is working with the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources in monitoring 23 locations where groundwater is potentially vulnerable in a strategy laid out in the 2008 report, The case for drought preparedness.

Other key elements include:

  • Study tours enabling knowledge exchange between Sudanese and South African approaches to IWRM;
  • Advocacy and brokering funding for improving efficiency of urban water supplies in Darfur;
  • Collaboration with UNOPS in the construction of rural rainwater harvesting projects. UNEP is undertaking environmental and social screening for these schemes;
  • Developing community based drought preparedness plans for IDP camps with vulnerable water resources;
  • UNEP is supporting the Darfur International Water Conference on 27-28 June 2011; and
  • Providing support for groundwater monitoring of 200 wells.