Cairo Water Week 2021 is offering several technical tours that will be organized during the week. These tours will enable the participants to experience and learn more about water projects in Egypt. For reservation, please contact the CWW information desk during the event with your CWW participation code .
26th October 2021
Option No. 1
The Nile Forecast Center
The Nile Forecast Center NFC was established as part of the planning Sector of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in 1992. The general aim of the NFC is to provide a real-time hydro-meteorological forecasting system for the Nile River Basin. NFC is an example of lateral cooperation projects between MWRI and development partners. NFC provides tools to utilize the available hydrological and meteorological data and seek additional data to forecast the annual Nile inflow to Lake Nasser to help decision-makers decide on the release policy for the coming year.
A vital department within the MWRI is the telemetry sector. The telemetry sector operates data-logger-based stations in River Nile and irrigation / drainage network to monitor inflows and outflows at different locations, communicate with the HAD operators the required release, and monitor pump stations parameters. Data sensors and loggers are available at locations of irrigation structures and pumping stations. At irrigation structures, the system provides real or near real-time information on water levels and flows. In addition to monitoring water level data at the pumping stations, the system monitors changes in pump status, operating hours, and flow. Some data loggers also monitor water quality parameters (pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen) at some sites.
An ancient instrument was used to measure the waters of the Nile, so Egyptian farmers would know whether to expect famine or flood. Nilometers were used for measuring water levels as early as 5,000 years ago. The Nilometer on Rhoda Island dates to 861 when it was built, where an older Nilometer had been, based on a design by Afraganus, a famous astronomer. The massive measuring stick had markings on it to indicate where the water level was at any given time, information the priests would use to determine what conditions the future held: drought, which would mean famine; desirable, which would mean just enough overflow to leave good soil for farming; or flood, which could be catastrophic.
26th October 2021
Option No. 2
The National Water Research Center
The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) research arm is a center of excellence that possesses the knowledge and expertise in water resources, dedicated to conducting applied research at the highest water policy-making level. NWRC is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to fostering an environment that encourages primary and applied research planning in both traditional water-related disciplines and non-traditional and emerging disciplines. Based on this, NWRC is mandated to provide innovative solutions and communicate them to the end-users, enhancing research uptake. NWRC’s organization consists of twelve research institutes.
27th October 2021
Option No. 3
Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in the North Coast and Nile Delta Regions in Egypt Project (ECCADP) – Field Trip
Nature Based Solutions for Coastal Protection
Nature-based solutions are getting more and more common in many sectors including coastal protection. They are usually low cost and environment-friendly which gives double benefits in terms of spending budget efficiently and also protecting the environment. This trip introduces two examples of Nature-Based Solutions for coastal protection in the Delta area (Kafr Elsheikh governorate). The first example is a pilot that was constructed in 2016 using local materials such as sand and wooden fences. The structure is fascinating, and the visit will show how dynamic is the structure and how can this help to minimize the impacts of sea-level rise on the people, land, and infrastructure. The second site is recently constructed as part of the Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in the North Coast and Nile Delta Regions in Egypt Project (ECCADP) which is funded by the Government of Egypt, Green Climate Fund, and the UNDP. The trip will be an enjoyable experience. We encourage you to participate as places are limited.
The Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in North Coast and Nile Delta Regions in Egypt project (ECCADP) aims at supporting the adaptation efforts in Egypt, particularly in Nile Delta, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) identifies as one of the world’s “extremely” vulnerable deltas in the world