Tunisia - National Water Information System Project (SINEAU)

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Dec 2009
Signature Date 15 Nov 2010
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 1,550,089.17
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Project for the establishment of the National Water Information System (SINEAU), is part of the second phase of the Water Sector Investment Programme - PISEAU II (2009-2013). The project represents a relevant support of the AWF to the Ministry of Agriculture and Hydraulic Resources (MARH) of Tunisia. The implementation of SINEAU fits perfectly into the work of EMWIS (Euro-Mediterranean Information System on Know-How in the Water Sector), which consists in identifying and gathering all the available information and experiences acquired by the partners at local, regional and national levels in water management in order to ensure accessibility to all. The Project is also a key step in achieving the objectives of the PISEAU II Investment Project, and constitutes parallel and complementary funding to PISEAU II. It will thus build on the achievements of PISEAU I and develop them by preparing the integration of the main water users and data providers with a view to monitoring national water policy and eventually providing reliable and harmonized information for the national water accounts. It is relevant insofar as the effective operationalization of SINEAU will provide the Tunisian authorities with a decision support tool with the aim of "Optimizing the agricultural productive value of each drop of water received by each cm² of soil". AWF's support for the implementation of SINEAU is based on 4 components as follows : (i) Development of the NETWORK and the 3 sub-systems SYGREAU, SOLS and COPEAU; (ii) Capacity Building; (iii) Preparation of the Integration of all water users - data providers into the NETWORK; (iv) Project Management. The implementation of SINEAU will improve decision-making in the fields of water and agriculture in Tunisia. It is planned to be implemented over a 3-year period and the total cost is estimated at € 3 350 570.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to optimise the management of surface and groundwater resources and agricultural soils in irrigated areas by setting up monitoring systems using standardised, interoperable data stored in a single information system (SINEAU), which will integrate in a single sphere of knowledge the various aspects that will make it possible to (i) understand the current state of water and irrigated soil resources, (ii) monitor their evolution and (iii) assist in making preventive decisions. The main results targeted by the project are the following: (i) a national information system on irrigated water and soils is available and functional as well as accessible to the national decision-makers concerned, (ii) decisions on the use and conservation of irrigated agricultural water and soils are more rational.


For the first stage of the implementation of SINEAU, the direct beneficiaries are the two Directorates General of MARH and the Directorate General of MEDD concerned. Eventually, SINEAU will be an information portal enabling potential users of water data, whether they are professionals from the Administration, specialists from the private sector, researchers or teachers, students or more simply political decision-makers or civil society, to access the data and information present in the portal or to access the data managed by the contributors.

Participating Organization

AfricaWater Facility Fund
Ministère de l’Agriculture et des Ressources Hydrauliques


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-EAZ-002
Last Update 06 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name BOUGAIRE Francis Daniel
Email f.bougaire@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia
Coordinates Location Name
36.81897 10.16579 Tunis