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Project National Water Quality and Availability Management

The National Water Quality and Availability Management (NAWQAM) Project is jointly funded by the Government of Egypt through the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) and Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Project implementation is based on the development partnership principle, where both the Egyptian Executing Agency (EEA) and the Canadian Executing Agency (CEA) pool their resources to accomplish the intended results.

The project is composed of five Components, four of which relate to water quality and availability activities that are undertaken. They are:

1. Component 1000, which is responsible for the National Water Quality Monitoring activities? The implementing agency is the Drainage Research Institute (DRI), NWRC.
2. Component 2000, which is responsible for the Water Availability Management activities. The implementing agency is the Planning Sector (PS), MWRI.
3. Component 3000, which is responsible for the Drainage Water Re-use and Pilot Schemes activities. The implementing agency is the Egyptian Public Authority for Drainage Projects (EPADP), MWRI, in collaboration with DRI.
4. Component 4000, which is responsible for the Information Communications Management. The implementing agency is the National Water Research Center (NWRC).
5. Component 5000, which is responsible for Project Management and Administration. The implementing agency is NWRC and PFRA.

The National Water Research Center (NWRC) of MWRI is the Egyptian Executing Agency for the project. The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA)-Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is the Canadian Executing Agency.


Project number n/a
Acronym NAWQAM
Geographical coverage Egypt
Budget (in €) 16369537
Programme Bilateral prorgamme: Egypt - Canada
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Objectives The NAWQAM goal is to develop an effective and coordinated national system for sustainable water resources management in Egypt. The developmental impacts to be generated are:

1. Improved national water resources management policies
2. Integrated management and sustainable use of all water resources.

The first impact is a reflection of the need for water resource management policies that are based on improved water quality/quantity data, better analyses of supply and demand variables and increased consultation among water users and distributors.
The second impact statement captures the concern that stakeholders may have about changing water resource management practices in Egypt.

Period [01/01/1997 - 31/12/2007]