The Nile Basin
Decision Support System (NB DSS) is an analytical tool jointly developed by NBI
and Member States. Development of the tool was completed in December 2012.
It is a common
computer-based platform for communication, information management and analysis
of water resources. It provides a framework for sharing knowledge,
understanding river system behavior, evaluating alternative development and
management strategies, and supporting informed decision making. Figure 1 shows the DSS Key Focus Areas.
The DSS is designed
to meet the requirements of complex water
resources planning. It
provides diverse toolsets for data processing, modeling,
scenario management, optimization
and multi-criteria decision
making. It offers
tools for integrating
environmental, social and economic objectives thus greatly facilitating
multi-sector water resources planning at river basin level.
It is a generic
system that can be applied at different scales – at national as well as
transboundary levels. It can be installed both within an institutional setup,
thereby allowing multiple
access to its
central database and toolset, and
also as a standalone solution.