Norconsult, partners to perform water resources study in Kenya

Norconsult is part of a consortium that has been awarded a contract for consultancy services for identification of a multipurpose water resources development project in Kenya's Gucha Migori river basin, Norconsult announced.

The client is the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)/ Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program, with funds from the World Bank Nile Basin Trust Fund (NBTF).

The Gucha-Migori river basin is part of the upper Nile system and falls within both the middle/ lower catchments of the Lake Victoria South Catchment Area. The river basin has potential for irrigation and multipurpose dams, as well as economic use of flood water and increase of carbon sequestration.

The consortium will supply services including identification of a multipurpose water resources development project in the basin to:

improve water and food security
reduce flow variability and flood damage
contribute towards improved livelihood
address watershed degradation issues
It will undertake a diagnostic water resources assessment and sectoral thematic studies for multi-purpose water use (including both storage and conservation services viz. watershed management, flood and drought management, hydroelectric power, water supply and sanitation, irrigation, fish and wild life, navigation, wetlands management, recreation and water quality).

In addition, the consortium will prepare a multipurpose investment strategy, framework basin management plan and also produce a report for a bankable multipurpose water resources development project. The study will last 12 months from May 2011.

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