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Technical paper 3: Adapting to changing rainfall in rural Sudan

In this paper in the technical paper series on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in Sudan, Nadir Ahmed Elagib and Zryab Babker review current and projected changes in rainfall patterns in Sudan. They recommend adaptation strategies for each of the current and anticipated impacts. Finally, they describe how the adoption of an IWRM approach could help leverage these adaptation strategies.

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How to put IWRM into practice?

Rural Water for Sudan is a development programme that ran in Sudan from 2015 to 2020. The programme aimed at enhancing the well-being and health of people living in rural areas by improving their access to water, sanitation, livelihoods, and food security. By doing so it aimed to reduce conflicts surrounding water as well.

Over the past decade, significant work has been done to promote IWRM in Sudan. However, it has been difficult to put IWRM into practice in large areas. The Aqua4Sudan Partnership has developed an approach that can be replicated in rural areas across Sudan. Through a series of 7 technical papers, the lessons learnt are made available so that others can use them elsewhere. The documents in the series describe how IWRM for rural catchment areas in Sudan (and broader, in the Sahel) can be made practical.

This programme was funded by UKaid and the European Union and implemented by the Aqua4Sudan partnership. This partnership consisted of International Aid Services, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Practical Action, Plan Sudan, SOS Sahel, World Relief and ZOA. The targeted locations of the programme were the Red Sea, Kassala, Gedaref, North Darfur, South Darfur and West Darfur states.

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