Welcome to IGAD - HYCOS
Presently, within the IGAD-HYCOS participating countries, (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) ,most of the National Hydrological Services (NHS) are not strong and do not have sufficient technical and institutional capacity to collect, store and disseminate timely and accurate hydrological information to enable the efficient and economic management of their national water resources.
Recognizing WMO’s expertise in the field of hydrology and water resources management and to ensure successful implementation of IGAD-HYCOS component, IGAD identified WMO as the Implementing Agency for the IGAD-HYCOS Component under INWRMP Expected Result 4. The project will assist participating countries in developing their national capacities for more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable water management.
Implementation of IGAD-HYCOS will very much determine the success of INWRMP through its Expected Result 4. Through provision of real time hydrological information for stakeholders and its input to these and other national, regional and international programmes, the IGAD-HYCOS project will help decision makers draw more effective water management plans, and adapt to climate change based on accurate information. This will support the improved governance in water and sanitation and management of water resources.
The project is being executed in two phases; the preparatory phase (Phase I - one year) and implementation phase (Phase II - 33 months). It aims at providing adequate infrastructure for hydrological observations and appropriate regional cooperation in information exchange among the participating countries. An amount of 6.6 million Euros has been secured for the implementation of the IGAD-HYCOS project.
The project will provide the region with a hydrologic information system that will feed into a regional water information system, and will assist participating countries in developing their national capacities for more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable water management.