The GEO-FIA web interface and hydrogeological resources survey project was implemented through the collective efforts of various partners. These partners are listed below:
Given the multidisciplinary nature of hydrogeological sciences, the data collected by this project was housed in a across a number of government ministries and universities. Nine (9) government agencies in Baghdad actively shared their data and expertise for the construction of GEO-FIA. The inter-ministerial team of experts is led by the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) and is represented by experts from each of the below ministries. The team will be responsible for the hosting, management and updating of the data within GEO-FIA and tasked with integrating the portal into their respective ministries’ activities, strategies and plans.
Each agency played a central and active role in the management and implementation of the project. The MoWR co-chaired the Project Steering Committee, which oversaw and coordinated project activities, including trainings and data collection. The Prime Minister’s Advisory Council (PMAC) played a crucial role in mainstreaming the project’s data with other government databases and initiatives.
The KRG Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (MoAWR) served as co-chair of the project’s Steering Committee. Four KRG ministries serve as members of the committee, all providing valuable data and information. Each ministry, including the University of Salahadin and Sulaimani University, participated in the inter-ministerial team of experts.
UNESCO is the executing technical agency of GEO-FIA and advanced hydrogeological survey of Iraq. As only specialized agency of the United Nations system devoted entirely to water research, water resources management, education and capacity building, UNESCO implements a wide range of scientific programmes to promote water-related development, including the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), which links UNESCO’s broad mandate in promoting a culture of peace with the technical expertise of leading hydrologists and other scientists around the world. Currently in its 7th phase, “Water Dependencies: Systems under Stress and Societal Responses”, IHP is assisting Iraq and other Member States in adapting to the impacts of global changes on river basins and aquifer systems.
UNESCO’s Water Related Instruments and Institutions
UNSECO houses an extensive network of international and regional hydrological institutions and programmes, including:
Hydrology and Drought
UNESCO Iraq Office
UNESCO’s Office for Iraq serves the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people by providing technical advice, capacity building and project management on a number of challenges related to natural resources management. It is currently working with government authorities and other Iraqi stakeholders to address pressing water issues such as groundwater, surface water, long-term drought, transboundary water, governance, ecohydrology (Marshlands) and demand management. A leading agency for water management interventions within the United Nations Country Team working in Iraq, UNESCO also contributes to the joint-UN Task Forces on Integrated Water Task Force for Iraq and the Iraqi Marshlands.
A French engineering firm specialized in remote-sensing and other advanced earth observation technologies, RTI provides services in precision exploration of groundwater, mining and petroleum resources. RTI’s advanced geospatial surveying system for identifying hydrogeological resources, the WATEX System, has been utilized in a number of countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. RTI CEO, Dr Alain Gachet, served as the leading technical contractor in the construction of the hydrogeological resources database, the provision of qualitative analysis of the Iraqi data and the training of the interministerial team of government experts.
An Italian consultancy firm specialized in research, engineering and data management in the fields of water, environment, civil engineering, transportation, landscape management and energy. SGI’s portfolio of work includes major projects in Iraq, Egypt, Qatar, China and Montenegro. SGI is currently implementing the Strategy for Water and Land Resources in Iraq (SWLRI), otherwise known as the “National Master Plan for Water Resources management”, which will guide Iraqi water policy for the next 30 years. SGI’s role in the hyrogeological survey project was to construct the GEO-FIA webportal, increase the accessibility of the dataset through reformatting of the directory architecture and to conduct a broad gap analysis of the collected data.
The European Union generously provided the financial resources for the 1st phase of the advanced hydrogeological survey project. Funds were allocated through the Iraq Trust Fund (ITF) of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG).