Nile Basin Initiative, South Sudan launch five hydrometeor stations

The Nile Basin Initiative and South Sudan launch 5 hydromet stations to enhance water monitoring and management across the country's rivers, like the Naam River, River Sobat, and Atbara, marking a crucial step in regional water cooperation and climate change mitigation strategies.

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The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, South Sudan, on March 12, 2024, commissioned the launch and handover of five regional hydrological monitoring stations and data management systems (Hydromet).

Pal Mai Deng, the National Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, and Dr. Florence Grace, the Nile Basin Initiative Executive Director, officiated the launch.

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The stations will support water quality and sediment monitoring in several rivers that fall within the Nile River basin in the country, like the Naam River, River Sobat, and Atbara.


On his part, Minister Pal appreciated the NBI for taking such a crucial step in promoting regional water cooperation by providing five water monitoring and management systems.

The government is committed to taking responsibility for the sustainability of the hydrological equipment & management and has acknowledged the importance of having monitoring system stations in the country for regular & effective monitoring of the water level/volume , data collection & analysis, and, more importantly, to inform the government on making realistic decisions on water-related issues and climate change mitigation strategies,” Pal Mai said.

NBI is establishing the first ever regional hydromet in the country, aimed at bridging the critical data gap across ten states and three administrative areas. In an exclusive interview with a Talk of Juba reporter, the Director General for Climate Change and Meteorology, Lutana Musa, associated the devastating floods that have displaced thousands with a lack of enough and accurate data.

The Hydromets will support the South Sudan Government in understanding biophysical phenomena, engaging in informed water planning, and conducting evidence-based decision making that will lead to improved cooperative water resource management and development. Such that, when natural disasters like floods and drought occur, the government is able to make an informed decision,” said Lutana. “In this economic crisis, agriculture is the best alternative. With enough data, we can plan to reserve water for irrigation,” he added.

Kuir Michael, a climate change and environmental activist, urged the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and partners to install more stations across three regions, outlining the benefits.

I am requesting the Ministry and the line-base partners to implement this project, which should not remain on paper. Not only the five stations along the Nile Basin, but they should also cover other parts of the country.

If the government embarks on this with well-informed technocrats, it will help us in the management of water resources, data preparedness, increased food security through irrigation, and easy delivery of relief aids to the suffering population.”

The Nile Basin Initiative is a regional intergovernmental partnership that the Nile Basin countries launched on February 22, 1999, in Dar es Salaam with the goal of cooperatively managing and developing the shared Nile Basin water resources.

South Sudan became a full member on September 24, 2011, following a presentation by the then Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Paul Mayom Akech, to the council of ministers chaired by then Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

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