Given the fact that the water management is a key priority for most of the Mediterranean countries and that most of the water problems are due to the mismanagement of water resources and to the incoherency among different policies impacting on water, the International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) is implementing Water-DROP Project in Jordan.Water-DROP (Water Development Resources Opportunity Policies for the water management in semi-arid areas) Project is financed by the EU in the framework of the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme, coordinated by ENEA and involves nine partners from Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan. It aims to develop an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach at the Mediterranean Basin level for managing the related cross-sector issues through the enforcement of multi-stakeholder partnerships, in particular with public and private actors.In line with the strategy of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) regarding integrated water resources management in Jordan, and in the context of the Water Drop project in the Mediterranean Basin, that is implemented by IUCN and concerned institutions in Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Palestine and Lebanon, and funded by the European Union, aimed at raising partners’ awareness on water governance through building their capacities, and as the project is implemented in Balqa Governorate, 18 technicians from the staff of directorates in this governorate were designated for training on Geographical Information systems (GIS).The workshop aimed to train those staff members to use GIS and raise their awareness of GIS importance.The workshop followed the participatory approach involving staff members and trainers.Workshop Goals
- Present spatial information and data spreadsheets including water lines and sewage lines.
- Data identification through GIS layer sheets and use of spatial relations between different layers.
- Amend spatial information and information on existing layers, especially the main features layer and the water and sanitation plants layer.
- Produce accurate and integrated maps.
- Produce reports with specific information and map elements.
- Acquire the skill of producing advanced maps.
- Design, implement and produce an integrated project using GIS.