Experts from Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources return from UNESCO sponsored study tour to Germany

17 May 2015

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.