The Project “Water Supply / Basic Sanitation and Sustainable Land Management in Somaliland” (BMZ N° 2015 68 336) has been upscaled in 2015 through the combination with the project “IGAD: Regional Fund for Improving Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa” (BMZ N° 2015 67 924). The Project consists of two packages which are administered by two different authorities of Somaliland.
Package 1: Hargeisa Water Supply & Basic Sanitation under the responsibility of HWA
Package 2: Sustainable Land Management under the responsibility of MoAD
Target Population 19 villages with around 66,200 beneficiaries by 2020
Implementation Measures Soil bunds, eyebrows, stone terraces. Berkads, balleys, subsurface dams, sand storage dams, check dams, biological erosion control
Despite the seamless and highly successful implementation of the project and the great impact it had on the beneficiary population, the award came a bit as a surprise, as Project Director Matthias Fritz pointed out: “The project is not a typical civil engineering project and we prevailed against major international competition. Usually, prizes go to major infrastructure projects such as bridges, airports or tunnels. In our case, however, the special challenges in the context of international cooperation were recognised. The achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals has also become especially prominent.”
Indeed, this year’s 28 shortlisted projects were covering all the 17 SDGs goals across a significant range of project values.
FIDIC CEO Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin emphasized during his speech: “The strength of this year’s winners is a testament to the enduring excellence of the work of consulting engineers and the value that our industry brings to society by delivering excellent construction and infrastructure projects that transform people’s lives.”
Sustainable Land Management in Somaliland is a project to save the Biji catchment area from erosion, and to improve rainwater harvesting and storage of water for drinking, food security and livestock. This catchment area links to aquifers that represent the main water resource for the region’s population, making recharge of these aquifers a vital aim.
Being financed by the BMZ through the German development bank KfW the project was implemented by CES in close cooperation with the client, the Ministry of Agricultural Development. As the national construction companies worked for the first time with FIDIC contracts, CES provided permanent training contributing to a remarkable strengthening of national construction capacity. Furthermore, the challenges in this project arose less from engineering issues than from the management and implementation of the measures, taking into account local and especially social conditions: The determination of type of measures, construction method and materials, location and number required a high level of coordination with local ministries and the rural population as final beneficiaries. The involvement of all stakeholders throughout the project cycle resulted in a high level of acceptance, which was necessary to sustainably improve living conditions in the region.
For us at CES, this award is a major achievement that we are very proud of, but at the same time another spark of motivation to continue giving our best effort for the improvement of living conditions through our infrastructure projects.
We would like to thank the entire CES team, all project participants, in particular the team of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and KfW for the trust we received when implementing this outstanding project.
A detailed description of the project in Somaliland can be found in this article:
We have an outstanding track record affirming our skills and experience in Egypt. We are proud to be at service to our clients in Egypt within several donor financed projects. As a part of our MENA Strategy, we now have successfully established a new company in Cairo, Egypt called: CES Egypt LLC.
Quality Education is one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Education is a key factor to escaping poverty. Despite progress made in the last decade, nearly one fifth of the global population in the relevant age group has no access to schools. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic now jeopardizes hard won gains made in improving global education.
In this context it is even more important that in Niger, one of the poorest countries worldwide, more than 200 new classrooms could be handed over to the beneficiaries despite the pandemic in the final stage of the construction.
The project was carried out in Niamey as well as in the rural regions of Tillabéri and Tahoua, both partly very remote and characterised by unstable security. It included the construction of primary school classrooms, latrines and housing for teachers, as well as equipping school furniture and equipment for servicing, maintenance and education. The project created 126 classrooms in Niamey and 120 classrooms in the rural regions of Tillabéry and Tahoua, providing a total of 12,600 school places in 41 primary schools.
The Programme further included accompanying measures for the promotion of girls’ schooling as well as strengthening the communities, namely by empowering the local parent committees in the creation of activities in the new school buildings to generate additional income. These measures contribute to more confidence in the value of education and to solving the problems of the schooling of their children.
The project’s objective aims to achieve the modernization of irrigation systems, as well as other measures for the protection of the water resources of the province. The sustainability of the investments is intended to be achieved through the involvement and technical assistance of beneficiary groups and organizations and the establishment of sustainable marketing chains.
Tungurahua is a province with very fertile and productive lands, because of the influence of the volcano with the same name. Agricultural lands cannot be cultivated without supplementary irrigation, which farmers apply mostly in the traditional way by gravity.
Since the available water in the natural sources is no longer sufficient to irrigate all area, the provincial government promoted the change to more efficient pressurized irrigation methods since 2010. During this first phase of the project with assistance of CES, a smart methodology was developed to transform gravity irrigation systems to pressurized irrigation, through which the irrigation area was doubled without increasing water extraction from the sources in the vulnerable paramos.
The very promising results of the pilot phase led to the extension of the project with the now started second phase comprising pressurized irrigation of 2000 hectares from 4000 farmer families. The project is financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via KfW Development Bank with 19 million Euros and contributions of €3.5 million from the province and €2.5 million from the beneficiaries.
The Consulting services of CES commenced on August 1, 2021 and will have a duration of 4 years. The scope of work comprises among others: provide technical and methodological assistance to the provincial government in the management, planning, implementation, supervision and monitoring of the program at a conceptual, technical, organizational, administrative, and financial level. In addition to technical support in the irrigation area, environmental studies and watershed conservation are important topics in consulting services.
In the meantime, CES has registered a branch office in Ecuador for the execution of the mentioned irrigation project as well as for upcoming project. Besides CES’ presence in Peru and Bolivia with branch offices counting on almost 50 years of sustained and successful activity, our new branch in Ecuador is our third one in Latin America.
We are now certified according to DIN ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), DIN ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management) and DIN ISO 45001:2015 (Occupational health and safety management). As part of our integrated management system, we committed us to the highest quality and work safety as well as to environmental protection and legal compliance. The idea of constant improvement guides us on our mission to improve living conditions, worldwide. With the newly obtained ISO 14001:2015 and DIN ISO 45001:2015 certificates, we underline our responsibility to the environment and the highest work safety standards.
As the implementation consultant we are proud to support the Ministry of Agricultural Development not only in reduction of land degradation and erosion in the “Biji catchment area” as well as in fostering agricultural and pastoral productivity but additionally, in establishing water harvesting measures for livestock and household consumption.
Lake Victoria Integrated Water Resources Management Programme (LVB-IWRMP) is a regional programme coordinated by Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and implemented in the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC). The infrastructure development module of LVB-IWRMP aimes at the physical reduction of the current pollution of Lake Victoria by high priority investments (HPI) in liquid and solid waste management.
The Programme consists of Feasibilty Studies, Detailed Design, support for Tendering and Construction of the selected HPIs, capacity development for the operators and sensitization of the beneficiaries.
CES proudly announces that the Feasibility Studies of the following investment projects have been succesfully finished:
– Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) in Kigali/Rwanda
– Infill sewers and Ablution Blocks for informal settlements sanitation in Kisumu/Kenya
– Connection upgrading program for the existing Ilemela Sewage Treatment Plant in Mwanza/Tanzania
As a part of the “Programa Sectorial de Alcantarillado y Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales en Ciudades de Provincias del Perú“ (Program PTAR financed by German Financial Cooperation through KfW) and of the P “Programa Nacional de Saneamiento Urbano (PNSU)“, we are proud to render services in the project for Chimbote and Nuevo Chimbote working together with the Ministerio de Vivienda, Construcción y Saneamiento (Client) and with SEDACHIMBOTE S.A (Beneficiary) in improving environmental conditions under consideration of climate change risks to the Chimbote Bay as basis for a sustainable development of the sanitation and social-economic sector.
The overall project objective is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of about 800,000 inhabitants of the City of Tirana, by securing safe and continuous potable water supply.
The purpose of our consultancy services is to support UKT in developing the necessary analysis and preparatory work required in the process to improve and rehabilitate the water distribution system in Tirana, in accordance with the EIB standards and financing conditions.
We believe in improving living conditions and that stable and balanced societies need well-functioning public infrastructure
A multinational team of CES experts did not only supply urgently required building and workman’s material but also carried out several renovation works by themselves. The works were implemented in cooperation with patient local craftsmen. Besides painting works, new benches for the kindergarten were crafted and painted, new basketball hoops and goal nets were installed and more than 20 trees have been planted in the school garden. The upgrade of the sanitary and water supply facilities was done by a local construction company.
This year we decided to use our annual donation for upgrading a school located in El Khatara Al Soghra Village in Sharkia/Egypt. The identification of this specific school was the result of a stages wise selection process. In a first step, 12 schools were identified. After several site visits to the proposed schools, the Shaeer primary and preparatory School with a nursery in Sharkia Governorate has been selected in cooperation between CES experts and Sharkia PIU. The school is located in El Khatara Al Soghra Village.
A committee for the school renovation has been established to identify the required works. The committee consisted of: School Headmaster, Representatives for school teachers, Representatives for Parents Board and a Representative for Local Municipality Unit “Contact Person” .
The following scope of works was defined:
Plumbing and rehabilitation works for several bathrooms at the school building;
Outside painting works;
Carpentry works for desks and chairs of the nursery;
Renovation of the playground, enabling football, basketball and volleyball;
Provision of toys for the nursery as well as footballs, volleyballs and basketballs.
The global team of CES thanks all participants for their efforts and commitment.
Groundwater provides almost half of all the drinking water worldwide, about 40% of the water for irrigated agriculture and about 1/3 of the water supply required for industry. It sustains ecosystems, maintains the baseflow of rivers and prevents land subsidence and seawater intrusion. Groundwater is a key resource for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 (UN Water). At CES, the responsible use and protection of groundwater of groundwater is deeply embedded into our understanding of implementing sustainable water supply, wastewater and hydraulic engineering projects.
Water related projects are the core competence of CES. The following examples of our ongoing worldwide projects cover the complete water cycle:
Supply with groundwater to refugee settlement and host communities in Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda
Improvement of water supply infrastructure in Laos, Mozambique and Saint Lucia
Water loss reduction in Peru, Moldova and Tanzania
Integrated Water Resource Management and irrigation in Armenia, Bolivia and Ecuador
Institutional strengthening of water and wastewater operators in Albania, Bolivia and Kenia
Wastewater projects in Egypt, Somaliland, Vietnam and Zambia
Sludge Treatment in Ethiopia and Rwanda
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