Although the main emphasis of the network was on research, training activities have received increasingly attention as one of the important NBCBN activities. The following main strategic lines are followed for project support for training activities in the network:Support to network members to attend the 3-month diploma course in River and Hydraulic Engineering at the Regional training Centre RTC of the Hydraulics Research Institute HRI (fellowships)Organization of short training courses in topics of high interest to the region with the support of other organizations ( UNESCO-IHE, CapNet ...)Organization of specialized training activities that support the network research activities. During the regional workshops, specified training sessions were programmed. Initial steps are made to introduce distance learning activities. The Network aims to support the development of lecturing materials that support the research activities after which it will be posted at the NBCBN collaborative platform. These materials will be freely available for the researchers in order to enhance their knowledge.In order to disseminate the research results the Network encourages research groups to develop training and lecturing material to be used in both distance learning and/or face to face regional training modules.
NBCBN in coordination with UNESCO-Chair in Water Resources in Sudan organized a training course on River morphology in the period from 25th to 29th September 2011, Cairo, Egypt. . The aim of this knowledge sharing event is to transfer the knowledge gained through the regional collaborative research activities organised and supervised by the river morphology research cluster hosted in Sudan to a larger community of water professionals and to build capacity of professionals in Nile Basin countries in the field related to river development and management.
The course was designed to disseminate and exchange the art of knowledge in the river morphology processes (deposition and sediment transport, bank erosion, river meandering, flood inundation) and the application of modelling tools to river morphology. The main objective is to transfer knowledge and to train participants having firsthand experience on modeling, model techniques, presentation and interpretation of model outputs. Exchange of experiences and discussions on future capacity building needs in the field of river morphology was one of the main targets of this event
23 water professionals from the Nile basin dealing with river morphology aspects attended the course based on their backgrounds and experiences. The course was very much appreciated by the participants, and the course participants recommended repeating this type of knowledge sharing events including 3D models.
UNESCO-IHE Refresher Seminar on
“Decision Support Systems in River Basin Management”
- Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Course dates: 6 – 16 November
- Target group: UNESCO-IHE Alumni from countries within the Nile Basin (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and DR Congo)
This refresher seminar will enable the participants to learn how Decision Support Systems (DSSs) enable more effective and more efficient realisation of various river basin management (RBM) tasks, such as design, planning, operational management, and impact assessment.
The participants will become aware that the need for DSSs in complex river basin management problems is not technology driven.
Rather, it originates from increased demand for management of water resources in shared river basins through participatory approaches and by following the principles of sustainability and equity.
These issues are on top of the Nile basin agenda. The seminar will introduce the latest state-of-the-art Nile Basin DSS, of which the first version was released in 2010.
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