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River Nile: Climate Change

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) funded on (i) the likely effects of climate change on water levels in the River Nile and (ii) the likely consequences of such changes on the region. (201316)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has commissioned no research directly on the impact of climate change on water levels in the Nile and the likely consequences on the region. However, we support the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), a partnership of nine of the 10 countries that share the Nile, which seeks to ensure that the water resources of the Nile are equitably and sustainably managed. The NBI is looking at climate change as part of broader work to predict variations in water availability and the potential of that variability on the region.

The NBI is supported by a number of donors and DFID has contributed £14 million to this programme since 2004.