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Detail of GEF Project #985

GEF Project ID985
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameDeveloping Renewable Ground Water Resources in Arid Lands: a Pilot Case - the Eastern Desert of Egypt
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program9
Approval Date2001-03-15
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-07-30
Project Completion Date2008-10-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyCairo University (CU)
Description(1)Develop reliable techniques for evaluating the extent of renewable ground water resources in arid lands, with the Eastern Desert of Egypt as a test site. Our preliminary geochemical and isotopic data indicated that flash flood waters stored in shallow aquifers during the past 45 years are the source of the shallow (10ï·“100 m) groundwater in Wadi El Tarfa and surrounding areas in the Eastern Desert (Appendix I). (2)Evaluate the source(s) of the groundwater in the alluvial aquifers of the Eastern Desert, the timing of their recharge cycle, and the extent of the renewable groundwater resources recharged by rainwater precipitating over the Red Sea Hills area in the Eastern Desert. (3)Investigate groundwater flow in the alluvial aquifers flooring one of the main valleys of the Eastern Desert.(4)Produce a replicable model in neighboring Middle Eastern and Saharan countries and thus contribute to the preservation of freshwater ecosystems in the area.
Implementation Status-All review studies, concerning the Eastern Desert (six volumes covering Geology, Hydrology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Soil, and Land Use), as well as previous modeling attempts) concerning surface and groundwater have been completed. -Satellite images a
GEF Project Grant
830,000 USD
GEF Grant
830,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
1,005,000 USD
Project Cost
1,835,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
830,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
1,005,000 USD
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