The Pacific Institute

Organization Overview

The Pacific Institute works to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. We conduct interdisciplinary research and partner with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity in California, nationally, and internationally.

Regions of Interest

Uganda

Overview: Uganda is well endowed with water resources, but its availability varies considerably across and within regions and seasons. Due to increasing demand and water shortages, the government needs to invest in water storage systems, but water distribution facilities, including irrigation systems are not well developed or maintained. Surface water is the main source for a broad range of activities and may be divided into two main parts: The Upper Nile Systems; and the remaining river basins of Uganda. The Upper Nile system comprised of the Equatorial lakes and the Nile from Lake Victoria to the Sudanese border, represents a huge water resource and is the basis for a broad range of development activities. Three major lakes are located in that system: Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert. Lake Victoria, one of the largest in the world (69,000 km2), is the basis for all the existing and future major hydropower schemes within Uganda. Urban water supply for the three largest conurbations of Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja is drawn from Lake Victoria, and waste discharge from them empties back into the lake and river system. Presently, irrigation use of water from Lake Victoria is not widespread. The demands on the surface water resources of the rest of Uganda are predominantly for water supply (domestic and urban), irrigation, sewerage and fisheries. Most competition for water occurs in the drier regions of the north-east and south-west. Groundwater resources are presently used for rural water supplies. Aquifers are comparatively low yielding with a limited areal extent and poor hydraulic characteristics. Pumped irrigation is only limited in very restricted areas. Also groundwater is used on a small scale in industrial activities due to the high costs and low yields of wells and boreholes. Source: UNPEI and FAO
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Basins of Interest

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This Organization has a Global Interest.

Colorado

Overview: Research in policy and water conservation issues
Projects:

California Farm Water Success Stories

California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC)

Action Areas:
Challenges:
  • Local Water Resource Governance
  • Physical water supply
  • Water Demand and Competition among Users
Contact Info: Michael Cohen
Contact Info is Private

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Mekong

Overview: Collaboration with companies and UN agencies on corporate water management among apparel companies.
Projects:

Southeast Asia Apparel Water Action

WASH SMS

Action Areas:
Challenges:
  • Local Water Resource Governance
Contact Info: Mai-Lan Ha
Email: mlha@pacinst.org
Phone: 15102511600

This Basin is not yet active.

Uganda - Lake Victoria

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Action Areas:
Challenges:
  • Access to Water Supply and Water Services
  • Physical water supply
  • Socioeconomic and Reputation

This Basin is not yet active.

Uganda - Upper Nile

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Action Areas:
Challenges:
  • Access to Water Supply and Water Services
  • Physical water supply
  • Socioeconomic and Reputation

This Basin is not yet active.