FAO develops Pakistan’s first-ever evapotranspiration unit in Punjab


MULTAN – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Wednesday organized a two-day training workshop for water professionals on Python coding as part of the training series on the ET remote sensing with WaPOR-ETLook at the FAO office.

The training series is part of the large program on the development of the ET monitoring and management group. This very first developed ET group will be trained in ET estimation by satellite remote sensing.

Speaking at the inauguration, the Technical Advisor of the GCF project, Emelda Berejena, underlined that the development of human resources on the ET will allow to face climate change for a better allocation of water resources.

The ET group will be part of the FAO Green Climate Fund (GCF) funded project titled “Transforming the Indus River Basin with Climate Resilient Agriculture and Water Management”. The governments of Punjab and Sindh are also co-funding the project.

The training session, which was held from September 20 to 21, was attended by 20 officials from Punjab Irrigation Department, Punjab Department of Agriculture Farm Water Management, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture, Multan, Faisalabad University of Agriculture, Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology (KFUEIT), Bahaudin Zikriya University, Multan, and the Federal Meteorological Department of Pakistan and Pakistan Water Resources Research Council.

The training sessions were led by water resources specialist and international researcher, Dr. Usman Khalid Awan.


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