Nile Story

The objectives of the Nile Story are:

  • To develop new ways to describe the results of the Nile programme in qualitative and quantitative terms at the programme and project levels, including the outcomes and impacts of the support.
  • To convey these results in a variety of communications products targeted at different audiences.

The consultancy researches and conveys the results of the Nile programme enabled by the NBTF, coordinates country and partner support, and packages the findings into a suite of communications materials, informally called the ‘Nile Story’. The work covers the years 1999 through June 2014.

The Nile Story captures systematically the breadth and depth of progress made by the Nile Basin countries on the development track in pursuit of their Shared Vision in both qualitative and quantitative terms.

Building transboundary cooperation is a long term process and Nile cooperation is still in early stages. The Nile story should make reference to some of the challenges experienced and those that that lie ahead. The Nile Story aims to be ‘people centered’, with a focus on what has changed among stakeholders, including changes in attitudes, behaviors, and actions on the ground.

LTS developed a suite of communications products to tell the story of the Nile Basin Initiative over its 15 year history. The products reviewed work already undertaken to capture the progress of the Nile countries, conducted new research and analysis of NBI and national level progress resulting from the Nile programme, and established a framework through which the results of the Nile programme can be conveyed.

The Nile Story publications are available here

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Morocco and Egypt

North Africa was selected for an Evaluation of Closed Projects in 2008 following discussions between ECTF and the Darwin Secretariat at Defra. An Evaluation of Closed Projects provides an opportunity to review the legacy of projects after the end of Darwin Initiative (DI) funding. ECPs also allow the opportunity to review the wider contribution of DI projects to national efforts to implement and report against the 3 conventions covered under the Darwin Initiative, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). Finally ECPs provide the opportunity to boost the profile of the Darwin Initiative within host countries. North Africa was chosen as an area for an ECP due to observed geographic clusters of closed projects. To date there have been two projects in Morocco and five projects in Egypt, whose DI funding had ended at the time of the ECP. These were: Inventory of Moroccan plants and the conservation of priority species; the Darwin Plant Information System for Morocco; Action Plans for conservation of globally threatened birds in Africa; Darwin Initiative for sustainable use of sea-cucumbers in Egypt; Darwin Initiative for sustainable use of sea-cucumbers in Egypt and the Red Sea; Egyptian Sea Turtle Conservation; and Conservation of Coral Reef Fish Biodiversity.