Letter of Agreement signed between Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources and the FAO
On August 11 2022, the WaPOR project reached another milestone in Iraq with the signature of a letter of agreement that will allow both entities to work together in the monitoring of water productivity in the West Al-Gharraf irrigation scheme in Wasit and Thi-Qar Governorates. The year-long LoA covers activities of field data collection in those areas supporting the production of land cover maps. It was signed by the Minister of Water Resources, His Excellency Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, and the FAO Representative in Iraq, Mr Salah Hajj Hassan.
In an intervention, Mr. Zaid Hamoudi, the Director General of the Planning and Follow-up Office in the Ministry of Water Resources stated: “We are pleased that Iraq is involved in this project to monitor the land and water productivity in agriculture using remote sensing techniques. This intends to respond to the challenges posed by dwindling water resources and the need to sustain agricultural production to ensure food security in the face of climate change”.