MASSCOTE method application based on example of NWRMP-1
Within the period from November 28 to December 8, 2017 in Osh city a workshop was held on topic: “Application of the MASSCOTE methodology based on example of the pilot scheme of the Aravan-Ak-Buura canal”. This workshop is organized for specialists of repair and construction units, water use units of the oblast and Rayon Irrigation Departments (OVK, RVK), rayon water users associations support units (WUA) of the pilot schemes of the “National Water Resources Management Project”
The rapid assessment process of the MASSCOTE methodology is not only the modernization of the irrigation scheme, it takes into account the modernization of management, operation and maintenance of large irrigation schemes in the proper condition. Irrigation efficiency is often lower than expected, and therefore improvements of MOM of the scheme are highly needed.
One of the objectives of MASSCOTE is to identify units and technical options for improving capacity, sensitivity and vulnerability, scheme fluctuations, maintenance and water demand. It is necessary to find a compromise between hydraulic – operational limitations and diverse services.
Lecturers were international and national specialists of the NWRMP-1.
The welcoming speech was delivered by the head of the Osh OVK R. Abibilayev. He greeted all participants of the workshop and noted the importance of MASSCOTE methodology for all participants. Further, according to the program, PIU staff and consultants have delivered a speech.
During the training, a 4-day field trip took place to investigate the irrigation scheme and identify critical points at the headworks of the AABC, the Papan reservoir, the secondary canals, the hydraulic structures and hydroposts, the main canal of the Aravan rayon and the discharge to the Aravan-Say river, at the on-farm part of the scheme in WUA “Joypas” of Kara-Suu rayon and WUA “Isan” of Aravan rayon.
During the survey, the workshop participants have identified some issues in the operation of the scheme, which were included in the group presentations.
During the field trips the recommendations were given by the workshop participants on improved operation of the visited schemes and canals.
A total of 37 people took part in the workshop, including employees of the Department of Water Resources and Land Improvement, oblast and rayon irrigation departments, water user associations, hydroameliorative expedition, and NWRMP-1 project staff.