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FAO brings GIS technology to the water sector

From June 28 to July 11, at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers, a training course is being held for specialists from regional departments of the Ministry of Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the topic "Application of geoinformation technologies (GIS) in the maintenance of the state cadastre of hydraulic structures and the state water cadastre."

The sessions are organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan as part of the regional project “Integrated Natural Resource Management in Drought-Prone and Saline Agricultural Production Landscapes of Central Asia and Turkey”. The training course is conducted with the participation of the teaching staff of the institute, taking into account their extensive experience in training personnel for the water sector.

“The use of GIS technologies greatly simplifies the accounting and assessment of water resources, since the preparation of the necessary maps using traditional methods requires large labor and financial costs. The ability of GIS technologies to promptly represent water bodies on digital or paper maps together with their hydrographic characteristics, hydrological stations and measurement data allows for prompt automated comprehensive analysis and interpretation of observation materials to obtain a detailed picture of the ongoing processes, ”said national project manager Muhammadjon Kosimov.

Classes were devoted to such topics as creating a database and thematic layers, finding and editing topological errors, mapping hydraulic engineering and water cadastre objects, using remote sensing data, and much more.

“GIS technologies are increasingly being used in the water sector, both for performing operational calculations and assessing water resources, and for studying the hydrological regime of water bodies. It is expected that the training course will contribute to improving the activities of the Ministry's specialists responsible for maintaining the state cadastre of hydraulic structures and the state water cadastre, increasing their knowledge and skills on the use of GIS technologies, ”said First Deputy Minister of Water Resources Azimjon Nazarov.

Recall that in February of this year, the opening ceremony of a new GIS laboratory was held at the Tashkent State Agrarian University, created with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) within the framework of the CACILM-2 regional project. The GIS laboratory is equipped with the most modern computers, server, data center, plotter and GPS equipment. It contributes to the monitoring of land use changes, the use of tools for mapping land degradation trends in Uzbekistan, the training of highly qualified personnel and specialists in the field of mapping land, forest, water resources and climate change processes.

Source: nuz.uz