Pre-feasibility study on extension of small irrigation schemes in the North African Sub-region | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

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Date of publication: 
December 1996
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ISBN / Resource ID: 
uneca:10855/4729
Pages: 
26

Historically, water management has not been easy in the sub-region. Three climate interlinked factors have had a direct influence on it. The first is the aridity that affects all countries of the sub-region. It is impressing to think that about ninety percent of the area of the Maghrebine countries receive less than 100 mm rainfall per year that is poorly distributed. The second is the huge evaporation from open water reservoirs. For example, annual losses due to canal evaporation reach 2 cubic km in Egypt. Another factor is drought. All countries have since centuries been affected by recurrent and heavy droughts. This has negatively affected the water stocks capacity and lessened the agricultural output. All these factors have led to desertification and risks of land degradation. the main objectives of the study are: to analyse the information on status of sub-regional irrigation; to focus on the importance and opportunities of sprinkler and micro-irrigation systems: to identify solutions for minimizing disadvantages; to highlight and analyze critical environmental problems linked to the use of chemicals (chemigation) and of fertilizers (fertigation) for sprinkler and micro-irrigation technologies; and to suggest measures for expanding drip/sprinkler irrigation in the sub-region.

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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

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