A training of 7 water experts from southern Africa in the FREE and open source software tools for WATER resource management (FREEWAT) was organized from 27 June to 1 July 2016 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. The aim of the training course was to train trainers and contribute to the improvement of the skills of African water specialists to optimize the use of data in monitoring water resources. Upon completion of the training the participants are expected to train other experts in their country in how to use the software.
FREEWAT is developed under the Framework of the ICT4Water of which UNESCO HOPE Initiative is part of it. The software aims at promoting water management and planning. The main goal is to simplify the application of the water-related EU Directives, by using FREEWAT, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for simulation of quantity/quality of surface water and groundwater.
UNESCO-IHP through the HOPE Initiative (is a part of a consortium of 19 partners of the FREEWAT project) is implementing the project.