TS3.2: Water Conservation awareness at rural areas for the use of modern water resources management techniques including modern Irrigation
Convener (s): UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States (UNESCO Cairo Office)
Co-Convener: Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States (UNESCO Cairo Office) is responsible for supporting Arab Member States in achieving their sustainable water resources management through the implementation of the strategic plans of the eighth phase of UENSCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP). This session will present an IHP relevant activity undertaken by UNESCO Bureau for Science in the Arab States in support of The Water Conservation Strategy of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in Egypt (MWRI). A major component of this activity focuses on promoting, through both demonstration and stakeholder engagement, the modernization of irrigation practices in Egypt. The activity is carried out in pilot demonstration areas with an awareness campaign in 5 governorates in Egypt, namely: Fayoum, Gharbia, Sharkia, Kafr El Shiekh, and Mounefya. The outreach campaign raised awareness among Water Users Associations and individual famers on the water saving and economic benefits of modernizing their irrigation systems and informed them about financially efficient mechanisms to achieve such modernization. The awareness campaign helped and encouraged many farmers to change their irrigation practices from flood irrigation to drip and sprinkler irrigation. Farmers from project-supported pilot areas will share their experience in shifting from flood irrigation to modern irrigation during the session.
Translation: English- Arabic