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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 13:15

The Nile River Awareness Kit

About the Nile RAK Project. The ‘Nile River Awareness Kit’ (Nile RAK) project is a collaborative partnership between the Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Project (NTEAP) of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and a project team led by Hatfield Consultants Ltd. (Hatfield) and supported by Strata360 and the FAO. The goal of the Nile RAK project is to promote sustainable management and use of the environment and resources within the Nile Basin.

The Nile RAK project supports the objectives of NTEAP for addressing high-priority transboundary environmental issues through an improved understanding of the relationship between water resources and the environment. The outputs of the Nile RAK are envisaged to contribute to the overall vision of the NBI, which is “to achieve sustainable socio-economic development through the equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources.” The Nile-RAK project consists of three core components:

* Sustainable independent training and awareness tool called the Nile RAK CD, to raise capacity and awareness regarding the environment and resources of the Nile Basin;

* Earth Observation (EO) based map products and applications to provide a regional perspective to environmental and water management and monitoring; and

* Communication and awareness raising tools to disseminate the outputs of the RAK project to national and local level stakeholders.

The Nile RAK project was awarded under the Canadian Space Agency’s Earth Observation and Application Development Program (EOADP) as part of the Tiger Initiative. The Tiger Initiative was launched by the Committee of Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) following the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), and is designed to promote the use of EO for water resource management in Africa.

Additional information on the project partners can be obtained through the following websites: Nile Transboundary Environmental Action Project: www.nileteap.org Nile Basin Initiative: www.nilebasin.org Canadian Space Agency: www.space.gc.ca Hatfield Consultants Ltd.: www.hatfieldgroup.com Strata360: www.strata360.com FAO: www.fao.org

 

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