Revisiting the application of the J2000 hydrological model in Afghanistan

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Background

The Strengthening Water Resources Management in Afghanistan (SWaRMA) Initiative is focused on supporting capacity building for hydrological modelling of the Kabul River basin in Afghanistan. Accordingly, the Initiative conducted a two-week training in 2018 on J2000 hydrological modelling of the Panjshir catchment for academic institutions and several government agencies in Afghanistan, such as the Water Resources Department (WRD); Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW); and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL). As a follow-up to this training, selected participants from the WRD and MEW were invited to Kathmandu in early 2019 for a month-long on-the-job training. These capacity-building activities helped two participants set up various sub-basin scale hydrological models on the Kabul River basin. MEW also developed a sub-basin scale watershed model for the Kabul River basin.

To build on this progress, SWaRMA is planning to deliver a training in November 2019 on the impacts of climate change on the water resources of the Kabul River basin. The training is targeted at a few selected participants from government bodies and universities in Afghanistan. A Kabul River basin model was developed for this training in collaboration with MEW representatives during the on-the-job training in early 2019.

A J2000 refresher meeting has been proposed for MEW representatives from 20 to 22 August 2019, catering to participants expected to attend the November 2019 training. 

Objectives

This refresher training will aim to achieve the following:

  • Enhance understanding about the J2000 hydrological model for the Kabul River basin and conduct water balance analysis 

  • Revisit the MEW-developed J2000 river basin model for Afghanistan 

  • Discuss the data quality issues of the J2000 hydrological model for the Panjshir catchment to refine the model

(Please note that this is a closed event and we will not be accepting applications for participation in this training.)