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ICHARM Researcher Help Jordan in JICA Project for Arid Land Sabo and Water Management

Venue: Jordan
Date: 10-24 January 2009
Participant(s) from ICHARM: Deputy Team Leader Tomoyuki Noro

The Mujib Dam, one of the project's model sites, is located in the central part of Jordan.

Deputy Team Leader Tomoyuki Noro of ICHARM stayed in Jordan for two weeks (January 10-24) to help a project which the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) started there two years ago. This JICA project is to implement sediment erosion control technology for sediment-related disaster prevention and water resources management in the arid land. Noro was sent there for a short-term assignment as one of the four experts in debris flow, landslide, and sabo planning, observation and monitoring. In charge of observation and monitoring, he checked the results of the reservoir depth measurement conducted by the Jordanian team and confirmed that they were satisfactory. He also explained the need for a survey in the upstream area of the reservoir to estimate the unstable sediment volume in the valley. In addition, he made a presentation to introduce the ICHARM-developed Integrated Flood Analysis System (IFAS), which can help improve hydrological measurement in sparsely gauged courtiers. Jordan is one of such countries with less than ten ground rain gauges covering in its widespread catchment of 4,500 km2.

JICA is planning to provide a capacity development program for the country to become able to independently conduct sabo planning and facility design, as well as training programs for arid-area afforestation planning and water resources management technology. The entire project is scheduled to end in March 2010.

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