Research department

Research aims
Research themes
Research projects
Joint research
Research impact




Major aims
Minor aims


Brief introduction:

Research Department is the most important one as the center obtains its main aims of providing  scientific and technical information and supporting the exchange of information, in particular with regard to local scientific, technical and managerial knowledge in the various domains of water harvesting.

the department is in charge of:

  • defining the research priorities for WH research studies
  • establishing a database for nationally and regionally executed WH research/projects
  • establishing a data bank for WH research/projectsrelated to data, both nationally and regionally
  • publishing in scientific journals and producing technical publication, (manuals, guidelines, etc.)
  • building the capacities in the scientific research filed
  • collaboration with national and regional institutions in joint research
  • supporting WH research studies within the under- and postgraduate level.

Minor aims:

  • Setting up a map and networking with all centers working in the field of water management (universities, States, ministries, private).
  • Awareness raising techniques.
  • Setup of experimental/demonstration research plots.

Research themes:

Research at RCWH is focused across 12 research themes in water harvesting and water management, which reflecting the multi-disciplinarity of the center. These themes are summarized as follows:

  1. Finance
  2. Operation and maintenance.
  3. Integrated Management.
  4. Climate Change and Variability.
  5. Water Quality.
  6. Assessment and Evaluation.
  7. Documentation.
  8. Guidelines.
  9. Challenges and Opportunities.
  10. Water Supply.
  11. Soil Conservation.
  12. System Structures and Construction Management.


Research projects:

According to the strategy of the center for the research department, many research have started simultaneously but in different phases.

Ongoing research projects:

  • Development of a community-based management system for sustainable water harvesting facilities in the rural areas.
  • Improvements of water harvesting structure techniques – Embankment.
  • Water Harvesting for Supplementary Irrigation and Closed Rangeland Enhancement


Collaborative research (joint research):

The role of the center in this field is to facilitate and support researchers and research institutions,those whom are interesting on water harvesting research. Following are the jointly research studies with partner institutions:

  • Localization and design of potential water harvesting projects in WadiNyala using advanced methodologies (RS and GIS),collaborative with Water Harvesting Center(University of Nyala)and the Water Research Center (University of Khartoum)
  • Water harvesting structures manual,collaborative with Water Research Center (University of Khartoum) .