ECCAS experts mobilized for reshaping hydrological norms in central Africa

The workshop on the mobilization of Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) experts for reshaping hydrological norms was held in Douala, Cameroon from October 20th to 21st, 2015.

This workshop was implemented within the framework of the project known as RESIHYST Africa Project “Hydrological standards reviewing for resilient hydraulic infrastructure to climate change in Africa “. It was organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

This workshop brought together ECCAS’ experts in database management, GWP-CAf expert officials from ministries of water, transport, public works and focal points of International Hydrological programme (IHP) from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe as well as representatives of universities and hydrological research center.


The objective of this workshop was to mobilize ECCAS experts to advocate for the reshaping of hydrological standards and to assess the implementation of activities related to transboundary aquifers in the region.

 Following the debates, experts noticed that reshaping hydrological standards/norms was justified by the inadequacy and inadaptability of hydraulic infrastructures to climate change. These are due to the old and lapsing data for guides and charts enabling the construction of hydraulic infrastructures. Therefore, this phenomenon required a new model for shaping hydraulic structures.

At the end of the workshop, recommendations were made to ECCAS and UNESCO to:

-          Assist Central African States in setting up IPH Committees;

-          Associate transboundary basin organizations in the process of reshaping hydrological standards;

-          Mainstream climate change in the framework of reshaping  hydrological standards;

-          Ensure the inter-operability of the database of the joint management platform of transboundary aquifers with the ECCAS regional database on water