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Source takes off in Afghanistan

eWater has recently commenced two projects in Afghanistan which support sustainable water management and involve technology transfer and capacity building with Source, Australia’s National Hydrologic Modelling Platform. We welcome our Afghanistan IWRM modelling colleagues to the Source community.

The first project is to prepare a Source model to serve as a decision support system (DSS) to simulate trade-offs between different water users and water management decisions in the Arghandab River basin. It will inform the proposed Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Technical Assistance (TA) grant to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. We are working with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the ADB PPTA lead firm FCG ANZDEC Limited from New Zealand.

The second project is to support the DFAT-Funded Strengthening Water Resources Management in Afghanistan (SWaRMA) Project, which is led by CSIRO and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). It is a two-year project supported by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Australian Government that aims to co-create learning opportunities to strengthen water resources management in Afghanistan.  eWater is building a baseline Source model and a Scenario model for the Kabul river basin for scenario assessments and preparing water balance models for the remaining four river basins in Afghanistan.

We welcome ICIMOD to our modelling community who are contributing to the development of a new hydrological plugin to Source, the J2000 model which brings crop, sediment, water quality and glacial melt processes to the Source platform.

Afghan water modellers attending Source training as part of the SWaRMA project.

(Juanita Moolman, eWater third from left, front row) (CSIRO's Shahriar Wahid, second from left, back row and Susan Cuddy, second from right, front row) 

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Asia Water Forum 2018

Our chair, Dr Don Blackmore and CEO Dr Robert Carr recently attended the Asian Development Bank's Asia Water Forum (AWF) 2018. eWater, in conjunction with Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meterology and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) ran a workshop on Australia's water management tools and how they are being adopted by other countries. The workshop focused on Source, Digital Earth Australia / Open Data Cube and the Bureau's forecasting tools, and how they are working together to help farmers manage drought in Cambodia.

Highlights from the Asia Water Forum

 

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