A recent training course for Afghan engineering students has helped share lessons learnt from the Panj-Amu River Basin Programme (P-ARBP).
Landell Mills manages the €10m EU-funded, P-ARBP project, which aims to contribute to poverty alleviation in Afghanistan by fostering equitable and sustainable water management practices. Training the future generation of Afghan water management experts is one component of this goal.
20 students from Kabul Polytechnic and Takhar University took part in the course, which taught students how to bring a consistent approach to the design of common irrigation structures in Afghan river basin canal systems.
Students learned the hydraulic, irrigation and social parameters to be taken into account in the design of a cross-regulator and off-take structures. They were provided with a good practice guide and trained in the use an Excel spreadsheet, formulated to generate the data required for the design process.
The course, and the training tools provided, will prove extremely useful for future hydraulic structure design, both in the Panj-Amu region and in river basins across Afghanistan.