Capacity-building activities carried out remotely via video conference between Austria and Iraq

Capacity-building activities carried out remotely via video conference between Austria and Iraq

VIENNA/MOSUL, 26 March 2020 – A four-month capacity-building programme involving Iraq’s University of Mosul and Austria’s University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) has started with remotely taught lectures. The programme kicked off when BOKU specialist, Christoph Hauer, lectured staff at the University of Mosul on integrated flood risk management. The programme is part of the project, “Promotion of social stabilization and acceleration of economic recovery in Nineveh Governorate in Iraq”, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and funded by the Government of Japan.

The initiative will broaden the skills and expertise of Mosul University staff and enable them to deliver sound training courses to students, as well strengthen the cohesion and synergies of staff from Nineveh Governorate directorates involved in water resources and flood management, hydraulic-civil engineering, and the operation and maintenance of Mosul Dam.

During the first three=day session, 14 staff from Mosul University, as well as 11 participants from the Mosul Dam Directorate, the Urban Water and Sewer Directorate, the Agriculture Directorate, and from the Governorate of Nineveh’s Crisis Committee, worked together on integrated flood risk management.

Theory and hands-on online sessions in computer-based river modelling, led by BOKU experts, will provide participants with powerful tools for flood risk management.

Professor Kamel Al-Mohseen, Chair of the Scientific Committee of Dams and Water Resources Department at Mosul University’s Engineering College said, “Flood risks are in the forefront of people’s concerns in Mosul City after disastrous flooding. Recently, huge economic damage in Mosul City has been reported due to floods caused by the Tigris River and local torrential rainstorms. The level of concern has rapidly increased among civilians after serious damage to the foundations of Mosul Dam has been reported. Thus, sound knowledge of vulnerable locations and flood paths in urban areas and river floodplains is imperative to minimize damage and to protect civilian lives.”

Günter Langergraber, head of BOKU’s Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment, said, “This partnership is an essential part of BOKU’s focus on exchanges of experience and information with the global south from which all partners will mutually benefit.”

For more information:

Zeyad A. Sulaiman, University of Mosul, –– Hydraulic and River Mechanics

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Michael Tritthart, BOKU University, –– Lead Expert and Coordinator

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Benoît Wuatelet – UNIDO Programme Coordinator

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