Intervention areas

The following focal areas are pertinent to the activities of CRREBaC:

Goal : 1. Research in processes, structures and functions of water resources to improve understanding of water resources systems, enhance access to water resources services, promote strategies for sustainable water use and development, and minimise impacts of land use and climate change on water resources.

This focal area includes:

  • Research in data needs and the most effective methods of meeting these needs; research, including new technologies of data collection, processing and analysis, and compilation of such data and information into databases;

  • Application of innovative approaches for water resources assessment and prediction in ungauged catchments;

  • Studies involving phases of the water cycle, such as rainfall-runoff relationship, surface water and groundwater interactions;

  • Research in structural and nonstructural measures that enhance effective uses of water and protect water resources from detrimental changes in water quantity and quality;

  • Research in water conveyance and distribution systems and water conservation practices;

  • Research in impacts of land use changes and best management practices on sediment and pollutant loads;

  • Research in climate change processes and adaptation measures in water resources;

  • Research in hydraulic engineering works and impacts on streamflow regimes;

  • Research in hydrologic extremes such as flood and drought;

  • Research in relevant thematics to water resources not listed above.

Research support to promote enabling environment for water management and governance.

The second focal area emphasizes the need for :

  • Research into the economic, social, legal and institutional forces that shape both the availability and use of water;

  • Research in the water quantity and quality requirements of various water-use sectors;

  • Research devoted to application of systems analysis to determine appropriate criteria for planning, treatment of uncertainty, and decision support systems.

Knowledge management, dissemination and capacity development to enable translation of research results into policies and best practices.

The third focal area puts emphasis on:

  • Strengthening knowledge through collaborative activities and partnerships;

  • Carry out capacity building and training programmes at regional, sub-regional, country and community/ local levels;

  • Making the follow up that enables identification the needs and outcomes of capacity building programmes;

  • Actions that improve social equity in water resources management to enhance livelihood;

  • Provision of good quality training materials on water resources related topics;

  • Development and maintenance of an information’s database accessible to the public;

  • Facilitation of forums on the various topics on emerging water resources related issues;

  • Provision of advisory and technical services;

  • Collaboration with various projects and programmes which aim to find solutions to problems of water resources in the basin;

  • Advocacy on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) issues;

  • Mobilisation of financial, institutional and human resources for various projects and programmes of water resources management and development in the basin.