forum – called Hydromet Forum – will be established.
Aim of the forum is to enhance the sustainability of the
hydro-meteorological monitoring networks in the Nile region.
Modern hydrometric technology has been introduced in the
Nile basin countries in recent years. This includes the
Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), various types
of automatic water level recorders, and a Campbell Scientific
automatic weather station. An extensive training program
regarding operation and maintenance of the equipment was
implemented in each Nile country. However, the current user
group is small and subject to significant staff turn-over.The
project attaches importance to encouraging informal communication
among monitoring professionals, who are typically stationed
at field locations with only irregular interactions with
professional colleagues. In a number of occasions, this
isolated setup was found responsible for extended delays
in solving day-to-day hydrometric problems, in particular
regarding electronic equipment, computer operation, or related
based, the forum will facilitate the exchange of experience
and joint problem-solving of practical field problems. Combining
the experience of hydrometric professionals from all over
the Nile basin will build a strong regional knowledge base,
and reduce the need for external support. Internet is now
widely available in the Nile region.
Nile has acquired a domain name and bulletin board system.
The opening page, structure, and bulletin board for the
Hydromet Forum were designed. Forum questions and answer
will be exchanged through an e-mail mailing list.
view its limited duration, FAO Nile is not the appropriate
organization to host the Hydromet Forum. Through joint hosting
with the NELSAP Kagera Transboundary Integrated Water Resources
Managemetn Project, a durable solution was found.
the first year after its launch, the forum will be operated
mostly by FAO Nile staff. It is proposed to gradually shift
expertise and responsibility to the NELSAP Kagera TIWRM
project, who will take full charge of the forum after the
closure of FAO Nile.
Kagera and FAO Nile, through their respective national coordinators,
will identify Nile basin monitoring professionals who will
be invited to participate. FAO Nile will contact various
partners - equipment manufacturers, hydrometric consultants,
etc. - on the existence of the forum and request for input
joint official launch of the forum is scheduled for August