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Improving sustainability of groundwater resources

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Partners: Daltex Corporation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Edeka
WWF
Countries: Egypt
Regions: --
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Project Tags:
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Groundwater
Irrigation Management and Technology
Services Needed: Financial support
Other
Desired Partners: Academic Institution
Business
Business Association
NGO / Civil Society
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jun. 2013  »  Ongoing
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 67%

Project Overview

Egypt has limited water resources and the protection of these resources from pollution, depletion and degradation is a high priority for the country’s national water strategy. Water scarcity in Egypt collides with rapid population growth and increasing water demand. In the past five decades, annual renewable water resources per capita have declined by 70 % from 1200 to 690 m3. Furthermore, climate change manifests itself with changing rain fall patterns and severe droughts...

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Egypt has limited water resources and the protection of these resources from pollution, depletion and degradation is a high priority for the country’s national water strategy. Water scarcity in Egypt collides with rapid population growth and increasing water demand. In the past five decades, annual renewable water resources per capita have declined by 70 % from 1200 to 690 m3. Furthermore, climate change manifests itself with changing rain fall patterns and severe droughts and is expected to exacerbate water-related issues. Despite Egypt’s limited water supply, agricultural development (85 % of Egypt’s water use) is continuously growing and expanding into newly reclaimed desert areas. The expansion of agricultural activities results in rising water withdrawals, competing water demands and increased water stress. Therefore, optimal use of the scarce water resources to satisfy agricultural productivity is critical for the region’s socioeconomic development. In recent years, concerns were raised regarding the unsustainable use of groundwater in Egypt’s potato production. Since June 2013, Egypt’s principal potato exporter Daltex Corporation, the German supermarket chain EDEKA, WWF and GIZ engaged in a multi-stakeholder partnership with the goal to reduce threats to water security and to develop sustainable water management strategies for the Moghra aquifer in the Beheira governate while ensuring socio-economic development and ecological health.

Project Results

The specific objectives are: • Establishment of a groundwater cooperative for local farmers • Collaborative monitoring and data sharing • Hydrogeological assessment for better aquifer characterization and adequate predictions of groundwater availability and use • Management plan for more sustainable use of groundwater including use of renewable energy • Opportunities to optimize farming while ensuring environmental and socioeconomic sustainability • Establishment ...

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The specific objectives are: • Establishment of a groundwater cooperative for local farmers • Collaborative monitoring and data sharing • Hydrogeological assessment for better aquifer characterization and adequate predictions of groundwater availability and use • Management plan for more sustainable use of groundwater including use of renewable energy • Opportunities to optimize farming while ensuring environmental and socioeconomic sustainability • Establishment of a knowledge database • Promotion of the approach in Egypt and the region.

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federally owned organisation. We work worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Our mandate is to support the German Government in achieving its development objectives. We provide viable, ... Learn More

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. It is the world's largest independent conservation organization with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in ... Learn More

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