Advancing Data-Driven Decisions for Improved Water Security in East Africa
Aidenvironment is a member of the implementing team of the LASER PULSE East Africa Water Security (LPEA-WS) Project.
Inaugurated in September 2020, this two-year project provides insights on the contribution of data to decision support systems to improve water resources (quantity, quality) management and, ultimately, water security in East Africa: Murchison Bay Watershed (Uganda), River Simiyu Watershed (Tanzania), and Sasumwa River Watershed (Kenya).
The project is a collaborative initiative funded by USAID and implemented by water resource institutions in Kenya (Resource Plan), Tanzania (University of Dar es Salaam & Global Water Partnership Tanzania), and Uganda (Makerere University & Aidenvironment). The lead partner is Purdue University, USA.
The project uses a combination of existing climate data, rainfall data, and a modeling approach using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). Current and potential future states of water resources in the study areas are analyzed, leading to:
- ready-to-use data products comprising current and future water budgets and associated accounts of extreme occurrences such as very heavy rainfall or dry periods,
- default model parameter sets that can be used in other areas beyond the study sites,
- a quick-reference report summarizing current and future states of water resources based on water budgets, forecasts, and analysis of shocks,
- training manuals to help project partners and other end-users understand and use the data products, modeling results, and other outputs from this project; and,
- processed climate and water data used in this project to the extent permitted by its original owners.
All products will be publicly published.
For more information, contact: James W. Kisekka