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Maruf Khakimov (GIZ), Prof. Dörte Ziegler (AHT IWRM Expert), Prof. Wolfgang Bogacki (AHT IWRM Expert), Timur Abdullaev (APA employee) in front of the Academy for Public Administration under the President of Uzbekistan (APA), May 2017.

In March 2017 AHT GROUP AG signed a contract with GIZ for the development of an IWRM Curriculum for the Public Administration Academy (APA) under the President of Uzbekistan. These services will be provided by two international experts within Component 1: "National policy framework for water governance and integrated water resources management and supply", implemented by GIZ within the EU funded program "Sustainable management of water resources in rural areas in Uzbekistan". The objective of the consulting services is to develop capacities on sustainable water resources management of future water policy makers on national, regional and executive level. To achieve this, the developed IWRM training modules will become an integral component within the Public Administration Master Programme of the APA. The services provided by AHT also include the preparation of material for a training-of-trainers course enabling Academy staff to undertake the IWRM training. The services are scheduled between March and September 2017.

(Kristin Seeber, April 2017)

7th March 2017, Kick-of meeting FP III, Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

On Tuesday, 7th March 2017, a kick-of meeting for Forest Programme III (FP III) took place in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Programme is planned for a duration of seven years (2017-2023). FP III is co-financed with a EUR 13.5 Mio grant by the German Government (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of (BMZ) through KfW Development Bank as well as a contribution form the Indonesian Government of approximately 10% of the grant volume. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in Indonesia and its Directorate for the Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecology is the Executing Agency of FP III (KSDAE/PIKA). Project Implementation Units are the Lore Lindu National Park Management Board (BBTNLL), the Palu / Poso Watershed Management Board (BPDASHL) and the Board for Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships (BPSKL) in Bili-Bili. The implementation is accompanied by a consultancy consortium of AHT GROUP AG (lead), PT Hatfield Indonesia and Swisscontact. In the opening speech, his excellency the Governor of Central-Sulawesi emphasised his gratitude to the German Government and highlighted the intention of the provincial government of Central Sulawesi to support FP III. He highlighted that conservation activities should combine the protection of natural resources with socio-economic development. Hence, he appreciated the integrative, participatory and sustainable approach of FP-III. More than 120 participants of various governmental agencies, NGOs, universities, representatives of local communities, media and other stakeholders attended the meeting.

(Daniel Waible, March 2017)

On 1st February 2017, AHT GROUP AG and its Ivorian partner, the Swiss Center for Scientific Research (CSRS), will start the project "Conservation of biodiversity in the Taï-Grebo-Sapo complex in Liberia and Ivory Coast". The project, funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW Development Bank, aims to protect and conserve the last contiguous areas of the Guinean rainforests whilst considering the economic needs and opportunities of the populations living in and around the targeted areas. This project also raises the challenge of cross-border cooperation between Liberia and Ivory Coast, two very different countries in regard to laws, regulations, language, traditions and culture.
The project consists of two modules with two distinct objectives, depending on the country: In Liberia, the aim is to improve the framework conditions for the conservation of Liberian protected areas in the Taï-Grebo-Sapo complex and for the protection of biodiversity. In Ivory Coast, the objective is to improve opportunities for biodiversity exchange between the Taï National Park and neighboring forests in Liberia, in close cooperation with the local population. To achieve these objectives, two teams will be mobilized and will support, on the Liberian side, the Forest Development Authority (FDA) and on the Ivorian side, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MINEDD).

(Blandine Schaffner, January 2017)

Delivery of the State of Basin Report to the LCBC, N'Djamena, Chad.

In December 2016, the State of the Lake Chad Basin Ecosystem Report, developed by the Lake Chad Basin Commission, was published. The report has been developed by the Lake Chad Basin Observatory, with the support of academics from the region, working through two subsidiary committees of the LCBC, the Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC) and the Environmental, Science and Planning Committee (ESPC), supported by the German technical cooperation GIZ and AHT GROUP AG, as mandated by GIZ. The State of the Lake Chad Basin Ecosystem Report is to be the first in a series of biannual reports. For this first report, given its importance and its baseline setting character, the LCBC considered it necessary to present the state of the ecosystem over the time period, from the early 1950s (where data permitted) to 2012. The State of the Lake Chad Basin Ecosystem Report is based on data and information provided by the LCBC member states. It provides information which should facilitate decision-making, through the presentation of facts and expert analysis. It informs, educates and empowers stakeholders facilitating an improved management of water and other natural resources in the basin.

(Blandine Schaffner, January 2017)

From left to right: Nouhoum LAH, Head of ULG PRESA-DCI Molodo; Mahamane TOURE, President Director General BETICO; Dr. Hubertus SCHNEIDER, Director General AHT GROUP AG; Seydou Bassié TOURE, National Coordinator PRESA-DCI/ PRESAN-KL; Mourlaye SANGARE, Responsible for Procurement National Coordination Unit; Korotoumou KONE, Administrative Assistant National Coordination Unit.

On 18.10.2016 AHT GROUP AG together with its long term partner in Mali, BETICO, negotiated the contract at the Office du Niger for the project “Control and Supervision of Works for the Rehabilitation of the Molodo Irrigation Scheme (3,426 ha) and the Main Drain Kali Inférieur West (KIO) and Bounou Bouo (54.6 km) – Office du Niger / Mali". The Project is part of the Programme "Strengthening Food Security by the Development of Irrigated Agriculture (PRESA-DCI)". It is financed by African Development Fund (FAD) and is the first implemented project at the Office du Niger that is financed by the African Development Bank.

(Dr. Hubertus Schneider, November 2016)

Since February 2016 AHT has been supporting the implementation of the GIZ Water and Sanitation Programme (PEA) in Burkina Faso. The programme adopts a multi-level approach and aims at strengthening the capacities of communal authorities and national and local service providers in the water and sanitation sector in urban communes in three of the country's 13 regions: the Boucle du Mouhoun, Hauts-Bassins and Sud-Ouest. The programme intervenes in the general national context of decentralization through four main fields of activity:

  1. Supporting sector governance;
  2. Supporting the management of drinking water supply services in urban and peri-urban areas;
  3. Supporting sanitation services in urban and peri-urban areas;
  4. Strengthening communes in lead role for project implementation.

AHT is providing targeted support to the first two fields with particular regard to improving the monitoring and evaluation of the sector, increasing access to services for those living in peri-urban areas and informal settlements, and improving the transfer of resources to communal authorities for water supply and sanitation. In addition to these services, the AHT team has also provided the programme with a new home page (www.pea-bf.org), providing open access to vital information on water supply and sanitation in the programme's three target regions. It also features a GIS Module and offers readers an online library of essential sector related documents.

(Jürgen Tümmler, September 2016)

On 29th August 2016 the kick-off meeting of the "Agricultural and Rural Development Around Hill-lakes Project (DARAL)" for the Component "Accompanying Measures" was held at the General Direction for the Management and Conservation of Agricultural Land (DGACTA), Tunis. A representative of the KfW, the General Director of DGACTA and the implementing consortium, AHT GROUP AG (the lead partner) and SCET Tunisie attended the formal launch of the project, which takes place within the Integrated Water Resource Management Program of the Tunisian-German cooperation for the development of rural regions. The project aims to sustainably improve the living conditions of the population around hill lakes and in their catchment areas focusing on disadvantaged and less developed areas of Central Tunisia (Kairouan, Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid). The project consists of two distinct components (Engineering and Accompanying measures), and will be carried out on six pilot sites. It has three main objectives: (i) an improved governance of local natural resources, (ii) the development of the local economy, (iii) opening up isolated areas and improving basic infrastructure. The client is the General Direction for the Management and Conservation of Agricultural Land (DGACTA) in collaboration with the three Regional Offices for Agricultural Development (CRDA) of Kairouan, Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid. The overall project value of 17 million Euro is funded by the German Financial Cooperation through KfW Development Bank.

(Dr. Hubertus Schneider, September 2016)

In the context of the Programme Mali-North / Small-scale Irrigation in the Inner Delta Project (IPRO-DI), 48 motor pumps have been handed over to local farmers in July 2016, expected to benefit 8,000 people. The ceremony took place along the banks of the Niger in Mopti in the presence of a delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and its related services. The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Kassoum Denon, had invited the deputies of the regions of Tombouctou and Mopti, administrative authorities and notables to join the ceremony. The 48 pumps, financed by the German and Canadian cooperation, have been handed over to farmers' organisations to support the regional rice production which is dependent on irrigation. With these motor pumps, 2,000 hectares of land will be irrigated, an area equalling 2,857 football fields. Today, the project makes up for almost 10 per cent of the total Malian rice production and covers around 22,000 hectares of irrigated land plus 45,000 hectares of land made cultivable through ponds. In total, approximately 80,000 farmers have benefitted from the support provided under the project, both in the form of irrigated village perimeters and ponds. The objective of the project is to increase production from small-scale irrigated agriculture and to ensure a better access to markets in order to contribute to food security and the creation of employment in Mali. Since its establishment in the 1990s, the Programme Mali-North has played an important role in the political stabilisation and peace-keeping process in the area. The project is implemented by a consortium led by AHT GROUP AG with CES Consulting Engineers Salzgitter GmbH as partners since 2010.

(Anne Willenberg, July 2016)

The signatory of the agreement for the construction of the Mother & Child Unit of the Liaqat Memorial Hospital in Kohat, KP province by Mr. Indrika Ratwatte, UNHCR Country Representative, Pakistan and Mr. Imranzeb, Chief Commissioner, Commissionerate of Afghan Refugees.
The agreement was signed in the presence of UNHCR High Commissioner, Mr. Fillipo Grandi and the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Mr. Pervaiz Khattak.

July 2016 marks the start of AHT GROUP AG's assignment in association with NESPAK Consultants of Pakistan for its client UNHCR Peshawar. The consortium will provide technical assistance with the help of a long-term consultant and a pool of short-term experts.
Since the outset of the 3rd phase which began in 2009, the RAHA programme has supported rural infrastructure and livelihood measures in rural communities in selected districts of KP province where Afghan refugee have been residing for extended periods under precarious conditions. The respective investments and related services are financed by KfW. The Consultant's support to the UNHCR team is scheduled for 22 months and shall include the selection of project measures, the checking of designs and tender documents, monitoring of works implementation, training of project partners and beneficiaries inter alia.

(Thomas Wiegand, July 2016)

Middle: Ostap Semerek (MENR Minister), left: Zihni Erençin (Principal Backstopper, AHT), right: Dr. Bohdan Prots (Conservation Officer, WWF-DCP)

The project kick-off of the KfW-funded project "Support to Nature Protected Areas in Ukraine" took place on 17 May 2016 on the premises of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR). The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has earmarked grant funds of up to 14 Million Euros for the implementation of this project. The project will be delivered in the framework of the German Financial Cooperation (FC) and is being financed by the KfW Development Bank. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR) of Ukraine is responsible for the implementation and operation of the project.
In his opening speech, the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Mr. Ostap Semerek, emphasised that this project has been by far the largest international donor-funded venture on Nature Protection and Conservation since the independence of the Ukraine. The project is being implemented by an international consortium composed of AHT GROUP AG (lead), WWF Danube-Carpathian Program, Frankfurter Zoological Society and the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds (USPB). The delegation representing the consultant at the kick-off meeting was led by AHT's principal backstopper Mr. Zihni Erençin, who presented the main elements of the project concept.The project contributes to the conservation of biodiversity in Ukraine. It aims at improving the management and effectiveness of selected protected areas in the country while simultaneously increasing the level of acceptance for protected areas in local communities around the areas in question. The project will apply a phasing approach. This means that it will initially focus on two protected areas in the Carpathians before progressively extending project activities to additional areas over the project lifetime of 6 years.

(Zihni Erençin, May 2016)

A start-workshop was held in Jambi City in April 2016 to launch the new Biodiversity Conservation and Integrated Watershed Management Programme of the Ministry of Forestry and Environment (MoEF), with co-financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW Development Bank. Forest Programme II (FP II) aims at improved nature conservation in and around the Kerinci Seblat National Park and supports the sustainable development of the Merangin-Tembesi catchment area inside the Batanghari watershed in Jambi province.
The meeting was chaired by the Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation (KTA) of MoEF. Discussions were held with stakeholders from Government institutions and local NGOs to share information on the main activities of the FP II and to include views of participants into the implementation concepts. The workshop was organized by the consortium of AHT GROUP AG, ECO Consulting Group, and PT Hatfield Indonesia, who are the implementation consultants of Forest Programme II. 

(Jörg Lieberei, May 2016)

AHT GROUP AG started an assignment with the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA) in April 2016 for the implementation of four projects addressing Climate Change (CC) impacts that have affected the irrigated agriculture in the Jordan Valley (JV) for the past 25 years. In this context, it has worked in close cooperation with Dorsch International Consultants (Germany), Mostaqbal Engineering and Environmental Consultants (Jordan). Water availability in the Jordan River basin has decreased due to lower rainfall and population growth, thus challenging farmers to adapt crop production to the effects of CC. The reuse of treated wastewater is advocated in the northern areas of the JV following positive experience with reclaimed water in irrigation in the southern areas of the JV during the past three decades.
The assignment is composed of four projects. AHT is involved in three and in charge of  two projects, namely: (ii) Analysis of potential entities taking over O&M of the redesigned irrigation infrastructure (KfW-administrated grant from the German Government), and (iii) Assisting the JVA to foster farmers’ acceptance of reclaimed water use in northern JV (KfW-administrated grant from the German Government).

(Dr. Jürgen Rambow, May 2016)

Atlas page showing the water balance of the Haouz-Mejjate basin

In May, 2016, AHT with its consortium partner RESING, completed the diagnostic phase in the development of a convention for IWRM in the Haouz-Mejjate basin in Morocco, within the GIZ AGIRE programme.
As part of this diagnostic, a 120 page atlas has been developed, vividly illustrating themes relevant to water resources management, to support discussions and decision making among key stakeholders in the sector.

(Christian Jung, May 2016)

 

 

On 22nd Mai 2016, a photo exhibition was organized within the framework of the GIZ-programme "Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Chad Basin" at the headquarters of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) in N'Djamena.
Within this project, AHT is supporting farming households in different production systems, such as rainfed farming, flood recession farming and livestock breeding, to identify, improve upon and adopt adaptation strategies to help them meet the challenges of climate change and ultimately to disseminate these best practices throughout the LCBC member states.
The photos exhibited document the first successes of the implemented pilot measures, including increased and more reliable harvests, income generation and greater household food security through crop diversification and an improved resilience in farming households to the effects of climate change.
More than 40 public representatives from LCBC member states and the African Union attended the event. It provided a great opportunity to learn from good adaptation practices and to inform and sensitize the participants on climate change and agricultural adaptation. From June onwards, the exhibition will be hosted in GIZ offices in Bonn, Eschborn and Berlin.

(Charlotte Kahre, May 2016)

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