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Food security and disaster resilience through integrated water resource management in Sudan

Eco-DRR Strategy in Sudan applies integrated water resource management for achieving both food security and disaster risk reduction.  It seeks to strengthen governance mechanisms, by involving different wadi users to gain shared responsibility for water and land management.   Improving the availability and management of water and land resources in the community will in turn enhance food security and thus build resilience to water-related disasters.

Title of Case Study

Wadi Partners: Food security and disaster resilience through integrated water resource management in Sudan

Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsX_Nv6LZzY

HFA Priority

Priority for Action 4

Abstract

Our Eco-DRR Strategy in Sudan applies integrated water resource management for achieving both food security and disaster risk reduction.  It seeks to strengthen governance mechanisms, by involving different wadi users to gain shared responsibility for water and land management.   Improving the availability and management of water and land resources in the community will in turn enhance food security and thus build resilience to water-related disasters.

Context

North Darfur experiences severe environmental degradation.  Unsustainable farming, deforestation and overgrazing have undermined the capacity of these drylands ecosystems to support local livelihoods.  With climate change, rainfall is expected to become less predictable and droughts and flash-floods will increase.

Location

North Darfur, Sudan

How Was the Problem Addressed?

Five communities with a total of 30,000 inhabitants were targeted.

Planned interventions:

-       Rehabilitate an existing water reservoir to support groundwater re-charge and agricultural production

-       Conduct soil and gulley erosion control activities, including terracing, tree planting and reforestation

-       Support community-based disaster preparedness for water-related hazards

-       Promote integration of Eco-DRR in water management

Results

Project is still ongoing.

Measuring Success

The project is assessing success in four key areas:

-       Eco-DRR mainstreamed into development policies and plans

-       New partnerships and collaborative initiatives on Eco-DRR

-       Strengthened local / national capacities to implement Eco-DRR

-       Field interventions on Eco-DRR demonstrate contribution to DRR in terms of hazard mitigation, exposure or vulnerability reduction or enhancing local resilience

Relevance to HFA

Demonstrating how investments in sustainable ecosystems management help to reduce vulnerability to disaster impacts (Priority 4), working closely with state authorities to apply the ntegrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach for drought and flood risk management

Did HFA OR Making Cities Resilient Campaign play a role in enabling this initiative? No

If yes, how / If no, what needs to be done in HFA2 to enable such initiatives? Recognition of sustainable ecosystem management as a solution to reducing disaster risks

Potential for Replication

These activities are pilot demonstrations enabling people to learn and implement it in vulnerable areas and places where they have the opportunity to do so.

Contribution by

UNEP Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Coordinator

Marisol.Estrella@unep.org

UNEP Sudan Senior Advisor

Howard.Bell@unep.org

UNEP Sudan Darfur Programme Coordinator and Wadi El Ku Project Manager

Magda.Nassef@unep.org

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