Nienke Ansems, Researcher at IGRAC, has participated in the Experts Meeting for the preparation of WMO Manual on Water Resources Assessment (WRA). This meeting was held from 18 to 20 May 2015 in the headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Aside from this expert meeting, IGRAC Director Neno Kukuric met WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud to discuss close cooperation between both organisations.
Manual on Water Resources Assessments
The Manual is being developed in the framework of the CHy activities on Water Resources Assessment and Water. At its last session in 2012, the CHy identified ‘Water Resources Assessment' as one of the thematic areas for its activities. During last week's expert meeting, Nienke Ansems contributed to finalizing the structure and form of the manual, reviewing the work done by the consultant in charge of designing its content and collecting inputs and suggestion for its finalization.
The Manual is aimed at providing the National Hydrological Services (NHS) and other operational agencies with state of the art methods for assessing the water resources availability and potential of its exploitation at the national, subnational or regional scale in support of Integrated Water Resources Management. The manual will deal with both surface and groundwater resources conjunctively. The focus will be mainly on water balance and water availability, while the issues of the water use, water quality and ecological needs will be dealt with less detail.
IGRAC and WMO
A meeting was arranged between Mr. Michel Jarraud and Dr. Neno Kukuric to discuss the cooperation between WMO and IGRAC. IGRAC is the UNESCO Global Groundwater Centre that is working under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).