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Experts from the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Member States and staff of NBI are meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as part of the on-going process to develop the second State of the River Nile Basin Report 2018.

The two-day workshop, March 29 – 30, 2019 will further refine and agree on the key messages for each thematic chapter, discuss missing information as well as comment on the set-up, data and graphs presented in each chapter.

The 2018 report comprises six thematic chapters namely; Water Security, Energy Security, Food Security, Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change, as well as Transboundary Water Governance.

The State of the River Nile Basin 2018 Report describes the state of the River Nile Basin as of the latest information and data available in 2018. It takes note of the fact that as the Nile Basin States undergo economic development, they will require more water to grow more food, produce more energy and provide more services to growing cities and more vulnerable rural populations. The report discusses a number of pertinent issues facing the Nile Basin States including the decreasing per capita water availability and storage due to rapid population growth, urbanisation and inadequate investment by the countries in hydraulic infrastructure over the last four decades. The report provides a monitoring report card, highlights bottlenecks and threats, and offers suggestions towards achieving basin management objectives and development goals; typically specified by the NBI 10‐year Strategy.

Expected to be launched later in 2019, the #YearoftheNileBasin, the report is a key resource for joint management and monitoring of Basin. It will as such inform decision making and provide a tool to monitor the effectiveness of the past policies and the health of the River Nile and associated resources health over time.

The State of River Nile Basin Report 2018 is prepared by NBI in collaboration with a Regional
Working Group (RWG), comprising three experts from each NBI Member State. The first Regional Working Group meeting was held in Entebbe, Uganda in May 2017, while the second one took place in August 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The inaugural Report was published in 2012. It provides information on the general health of the Nile Basin, River Nile and its tributaries and raises awareness on the biophysical, socio-cultural and economic conditions within the Basin. It also highlights water hot spots and hope spots and emphasises that cooperation amongst the riparian states is crucial for solving the Basin’s multiple environmental and socio-economic problems as well as achieving sustainable development basin wide.

Read the State of the River Nile Basin 2012 Report: http://sob.nilebasin.org/