On November 28-30, 2016 the EO4EP team carried out a stakeholder engagement mission to Yerevan, Armenia to meet with Armenian local authorities and representatives of the World Bank. The purpose of the visit was to understand possible fields of cooperation in the region. The consortium was represented by GeoPulse and Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM).
The mission was aimed to obtain comprehensive information on on-going and planned activities of the World Bank Armenia Country Office and identify requirements for priority actions for the EO4EP.
EO4EP held a meeting with the State Comitee for Water Management which is leading the implementation of the WBG-financed Imigration System Enhancement Project. The project objective is to improve the irrigation efficiency in the targeted irrigation schemes (Meghri, Gegardalich, Baghramyan - Norakert and Kaghtsrashen systems). This involves enhacement of GIS software for the management of irrigation plans to better monitor irrigation water intake, water delivery, electricity consumption and to generate information on cultivated lands, water sources and crop types.
Agriculture productivity assessment and irrigation planning and management are one of the areas where Earth Observation plays important role providing data on distribution of cropland areas and water use. The technical consultations resulted in the requirements collection for the development of the prototype web-based new service capable of providing monitoring of the overall agricultural productivity, automated alarms concerning anomalous vegetation development along the main irrigation canals (indirect monitoring for water leakages), as well as delivery of crop area statistics.
The mission also involved the meeting with the World Bank team in the Country Office and Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture who underlined their interest in the project and recommended the areas for future collaboration.