A specialized training course on Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) - a simulation model that helps understand soil and water dynamics at watershed scale was held in Jordan during July 9-14, 2011. Participants included researchers working on joint projects in Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria. The training began with a field visit to a research site at Al-Majidyya for familiarization with field measurements for water harvesting. This was followed by two days of classroom work and three days of on-the-job training using data collected during the previous seasons from Ethiopia, Jordan and Syria.
The training was conducted by a ‘SWAT team’ led by Prof. Raghavan Srinivasan, Director of the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at Texas A&M University and leader of the team that developed the model. This course is the beginning of a planned long-term partnership with Texas A&M University within the framework of USAID-funded projects.
The course was inaugurated by Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Director General of Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension. ICARDA representatives included Dr Theib Oweis, Director of the Integrated Water and Land Management Program; Dr Nasri Haddad, Coordinator, West Asia Regional Program, and Dr Feras Ziadat, Soil Conservation and Land Management Specialist.