Iraq Launches System to Safeguard Groundwater

The Government of Iraq reaffirmed its commitment to tackling the ongoing water crisis this month at a national seminar in Baghdad on 3 July 2011, ushering in phase two of the new National Hydrogeological Resources Assessment Network and Database for Iraq, known as geoFIA.

This interactive web-based platform will help the Iraqi government to accelerate their efforts in addressing drought and other water-related problems which until now have been hindered by lack of up-to-date information on underground water.

The seminar officially revealed positive phase one results of the nationwide initiative launched in 2010 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Representatives from government, academia and the international community attended the event co-hosted by the Advisory Commission of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (PMAC) and UNESCO.

geoFIA was built by Radar Technologies International and Studio Galli Ingegneria and can be used by Iraqi experts to collect, update and analyze information on groundwater on a continual basis, enabling more effective water planning by the government.

The European Union provided the funding for Phase I of the project. In addition H.E. Jana Hybaskova, Ambassador of the EU praised the efforts of the Government and UNESCO and shared the EU’s intention to continue the support for Phase II.

(Source: UNESCO)

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