Staff of the Ministry of Water Resources of the Federal Government of Iraq recently returned from a scientific study tour to water sector authorities in Southern Germany. The participants of the UNESCO sponsored tour visited German water sector institutions that significantly engaged with hydro-administrative tasks between 1 and 9 May 2015.
The study tour aimed at introducing water experts from Iraq to internationally applied best practices in hydro-administrative data and information management and standard operation procedures in ground- and surface water monitoring and flood control.
The participants were introduced to institutionalized mandates, roles, functions and responsibilities in integrated water resources management at a local, regional and state level.
Participants experienced real-time examples of modern water resources management and decentralized hydro-administrative procedures, including cross-border cooperation in ground- and surface water resources management.
The Iraqi delegation also visited a supplier specialized in automated monitoring networks and respective installations in the field and met with institutions in the field of groundwater management, water supply and waste water treatment .
The delegation also paid a visit to the State Environmental Agency of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which is involved in data and information collection and management for all relevant hydro-environmental areas and fields of public water administration.
The study tour was organized within the framework of the project ‘Advanced Survey of Hydrogeological Resources in Iraq – Phase II’ (ASHRI- II), which is being funded by the European Union. In addition to providng a wealth of new data on Iraq’s hydrogeological resources, the project mainly focuses on improving governmental capacities in the interpretation, exploration and sustainable utilization of hydrogeological resrouces.