Improving water governance in Iraq

05 Dec 2012

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UNDP Iraq continues to support the Government of Iraq to improve its water governance through training to Iraq Ministry of Water Resources professionals under the Decision Support System project. An agreement was made between UNDP-Iraq and the UNESCO to provide five training courses including on Geographic Information Systems and water modeling.

A recent training was held on river and catchment modeling using Mike 11 and Mike She software packages  - products introduced by the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI) . The course was delivered in cooperation with instructors from UNESCO-IHE, while DHI kindly provided the software and the needed licenses. The Ministry of Water Resources of Iraq selected ten participants to attend this course, all with sufficient and relevant experience for the delivered course content. The course covered topics on river flood routing, saturated and unsaturated zone modeling and fully integrated river / catchment modeling. Short lectures were followed by extensive exercises using the software through which the participants learned the interface of the software packages for setting up models and analyzing their results.

At the end of the training course, the participants received certificates from UNESCO-IHE. The Ministry of Water Resources have also expressed high appreciation for the course and recommended further training courses for the staff from the Ministry on topics relevant for the ongoing water resources planning and management projects and activities.