On 6 and 7 May 2013, more than 120 water experts from Egypt, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan met in Khartoum, Sudan and constructively discussed the future of the Nile at the “New Nile Perspectives” conference. Experts from other countries and regions, joined the debates. The event was remarkable given the sensitivities surrounding the sharing of the Nile water resources in a region hit by climatic and political shocks.
At the conclusion of the conference, researchers and policy makers expressed their commitment in the Khartoum Declaration, stating that they would “continue on-going and develop new activities that would bring a New Nile Future closer”, a future bringing peace, prosperity and sustainable development to all the residents of the Eastern Nile basin.
New Nile Perspectives Conference
The Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity of Sudan together with UNESCO-IHE, IWMI, ENTRO, NBCBN, University of Khartoum, Addis Ababa University, Cairo University and University of Juba convened this unique conference that was entitled “New Nile Perspectives”. The objective of the conference was to disseminate and discuss results of state of the art research on the Eastern Nile.
The birth of a new Nile country, the planning and construction of new dams, new regional collaborative initiatives, and, most importantly, the emergence of a new generation of highly qualified local, regional researchers and professionals, bring new Nile basin realities with new opportunities for its inhabitants.
Khartoum Declaration on the New Nile Future
During the conference the findings of the Blue Nile hydrosolidarity research project, a research initiative by UNESCO-IHE, University of Khartoum, Addis Ababa University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and IWMI were presented. See the Blue Nile website.
The conference participants agreed on the Khartoum Declaration, which summarizes the conference findings and calls for further cooperation in research and sharing of data between civil society, politicians and researchers along the Eastern Nile.
Download the Declaration here: Khartoum Declaration on the New Nile Future (61.30 kB)
Experts committed themselves to the following immediate joint actions:
- Strengthen the science-people-policy linkages
- Envisage joint ecosystem management at various spatial scales
- Create a digital repository for data and models with open access to all riparian residents
- Maintain, rehabilitate and expand monitoring networks for water and the environment
- Scale up training in land, water, ecosystems and livelihoods and share educational resources regionally
- Establish a joint regionally owned research fund which facilitates integrated, applied and action-driven research activities
- Establish the Nile Museum, initiated by the Sudan Civilization Institute
- Organise regular forums of Eastern Nile scientists, professionals, policy makers and civil society.