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Supporting the Mekong River Commission

The Mekong River Commission Secretariat has invited Australia to provide hydro-informatics expertise as it moves to refresh and reinvigorate its data, modelling and knowledge bases, integrating flood, drought and water balance tools and processes. MRC Media release

Australia’s DFAT Greater Mekong Water Resources Program (GMWRP) has engaged eWater to lead Australian engagement in this task, with Dr Paradis Someth to play a key role.  Dr Someth joined eWater in June 2018.  Prior to that he held senior roles in hydrology and water resource management at the Mekong River Commission Secretariat and Institute of Technology of Cambodia.

As part of the Australian support to MRC, Dr Someth recently attended a meeting in Washington DC, convened by the US State Department, on a proposed Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI).  Australia committed to the MWDI in August 2018, when former Foreign Minister Bishop signed the ‘Joint Statement to Strengthen Water Data Management and Information Sharing in the Lower Mekong’ https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/08/284932.htm

Dr Paradis Someth presenting at the US State Department meeting. Dr Someth outlined the capabilities of eWater Source and discussed eWater's collaboration with Geoscience Australia and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to develop water availability and drought metrics to support the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) Drought Mechanism Program. 

Participants at the US State Department hosted meeting to discuss the Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI).

Source takes off in Afghanistan

eWater is supporting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to undertake a multi-sector water allocation options study for the Dahla Dam, in the Arghandab River Basin. Key aspects of the project include:

  • estimating the dependable water resource from the dam
  • estimating the available flows for hydroelectric power generation
  • estimating future irrigation, industrial, urban and environmental demands
  • modelling different water allocation scenarios
  • building capacity within Afghanistan to undertake integrated water resource modelling.

The project is progressing well. eWater’s hydrologists Juanita Moolman and Carl Daamen were recently in Dubai, training Afghan water resource modellers in the use of Source.

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