Earth & Environment


South Sudan

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2011 | Deltares | maps and data

Maps for Dutch-South Sudanese collaboration in water management


The new state of South Sudan became independent on 9 July and is facing enormous challenges. In addition to security, stability, and social and economic development, adequate water management plans must be developed and implemented. Over the past years the Netherlands were closely involved in the peace process in Sudan and intend to play a major role in the reconstruction of South Sudan.

South Sudan is one of the Netherlands' 15 development partners. Through bilateral and multilateral channels and via non-governmental organisations, the Dutch contribute 75 million euro to the country each year. For three years (2012-2014?), 45 million euro will be spent annually on water management, food security, and security in the legal order. The Netherlands has considerable expertise in these areas and works closely with other donors. The Netherlands assumed a coordinating role in the areas of water management and security and provided approximately 14 million euro in humanitarian aid in 2011 and has pledged to make up to 30 experts available for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. The Dutch government has also pressed for coordinated EU programming for the years ahead. From now through 2013 the European Union will spend a total of 900 million euro on development in South Sudan.

My role

In preparation of the multiannual water programme of South Sudan, several Dutch hydrogeologists went on short missions to the country. Deltares played an important role in the preparatory phase, providing hydrogeologists and expertise for the missions. In the first quarter of 2012 a new mission was planned and maps and hydrogeologic data was required in support of the mission. My role was to prepare satellite data and maps to meet that requirement.


Thematic Maps and satellite imagery were created for all of South Sudan and the following states:

  1. Eastern Equatoria
  2. Jonglei
  3. Lakes
  4. Warrab


For each of the above regions, maps were made for the following themes:

  • Land Cover
  • Land Use
  • Base-map (political)
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Soil map
  • Potential discharge network
  • Environmental Status (WWF)
  • 11 different maps of Landsat Satellite Imagery (different band combinations)