High level learning for water management

August 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The future of mountain lakes – Green Plan and LARI trainees in Beirut

A training course on “Planning, design and management of mountain lakes” was held from July 9th to 12th , in Beirut, Lebanon. The training was delivered for the national partners from Lebanon – Green Plan (GP) and Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) – of the IFAD-funded “Improved water management for sustainable mountain agriculture: Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco” project. There were a total of 17 trainees (10 from GP and 7 from LARI) who attended the training.

The lectures covered topics such as mountain hydrology: design, stability and implementation of hill lakes, delivered by Dr. Mohammed Boufaroua (ICARDA); vulnerability of hill lakes in semi-arid areas to erosion, delivered by Prof. Sihem Jebari (Tunisian National Research Institute for Rural Engineering Water and Forestry, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University); hill lakes functions and criteria for site selection, delivered by Dr. Theib Oweis (ICARDA); and water use for irrigation from hill lakes and strategies for managing hill lakes, delivered by Dr. Vinay Nangia (ICARDA).

The training included 3 days of lecturing and interactive learning and 1 day of field visits to selected sites for hill lakes and existing structures in the mountains of Lebanon.

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