Water and Livelihoods Initiative: site selection and characterization

August 15, 2010 at 6:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Training workshop on site selection and characterization. Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Director General of NCARE, is third from left, front row

Twelve researchers from Palestine and Iraq participated in an intensive two-day training workshop on selecting and characterizing research sites, using both biophysical and socioeconomic parameters. The workshop, held during 4-5 August in Amman, Jordan, was jointly organized by ICARDA and Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE). The participants will use this training to help select benchmark sites for the USAID-funded Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI).

The WLI covers seven countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. It is a multi-partner, multi-disciplinary project aiming to help conserve water resources and improve the productivity of farming systems. The training was conducted by experts from NCARE and ICARDA , and covered data collection and analysis, the use of GIS tools, and community characterization. The site characterization methods covered, have been used successfully in the ongoing Water Benchmarks Project, which has a major research site in Jordan.

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