On February 29 – March 2, the USGS (US Geological Survey) conducted the training on building groundwater management capacity for Armenia’s Ararat Valley for the representatives of the Ministry of Nature Protection and its agencies. The training program was made possible due to the partnership between USAID’s ASPIRED Project, ICARE (International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education) via its PEER (Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research) grant and USGS.
The goal of the training was to improve participants’ understanding of the groundwater modeling and field protocols regarding well inventory and collection of data. The training focused on the importance of the well inventory, including modern well inventory techniques, measurement and data collection processes and equipment needs. This interactive course consisted of the class-room training and field work for making well measurements and observations in the Ararat Valley.