Water Benchmark Project: Phase II in full swing

December 31, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Strengthening synergies: ten countries were represented at the coordination meeting

The Water Benchmark Project, coordinated by ICARDA, is now in its second phase. Phase II, supported by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, aims to scale out technologies developed during the first phase and simultaneously develop new tools for water management. Ten countries are involved: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia. The Project Coordination and Steering Committee meetings were held in Amman, Jordan, 1-2 December.

The coordination meeting was attended by 36 delegates from all 10 participating countries, as well as national coordinators of the Water and Livelihoods Initiative (which targets Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen) to identify linkages between the two projects. Research workplans and budgets were developed for 2011 and subsequently approved by the Steering Committee. In addition, regional activities were identified for three research themes:

  • Outscaling improved technologies using GIS tools for agroecological mapping and targeting of interventions
  • Modeling to plan and monitor water use and allocation, evaluate the impacts of water and land management technologies, and inform policy development
  • Socioeconomics: developing policies and institutional frameworks to improve water management.

Working groups were constituted for each theme, mandated to enhance synergies among the different partners and the two projects (Water Benchmark, Water and Livelihoods Initiative); sharpen research focus; and standardize research methods and approaches.

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