Water resources available to Sudan from the Nile system and underground water resources provide potential for a three-fold increase in the irrigation sector. The national water resources strategy aims at ensuring water security for a variety of uses: domestic, industrial, agricultural and recreational. Sudan is dependent upon surface water and underground aquifers for its supply of water, both for humans and animals. However, these have not been managed well. Present resources must be strictly monitored and managed effectively if further deterioration is to be avoided. Community participation in water management programmes should fully involve women, who play a central role in the provision and safeguarding of water for domestic use in rural areas.

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