Jordan water ministry to use aerial data
Deal signed with Royal Geographic Centre for use of advanced mapping
An agreement between Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the Royal Geographic Centre has been signed, allowing use of recent maps and aerial images for the planning of water infrastructure, a report in the Jordan Times has said.
The $140,000, four-year agreement will provide the ministry with up-to-date data, digital maps and aerial images to help it monitor the expansion of agriculture, limit the random pumping of water and to also track the digging of illegal well, the Minister of Water and Irrigation, Mohammad Najjar, has said.
“The water sources are spread over different parts of the country, and are being pumpwd for different purposes, including drinking, irrigation and for industry,” he said. “We need to make use of every drop of water and our cooperation with the RGC will help us achieve that.”
"The maps and photos will also help the ministry identify watersheds and catchment areas for dams and water harvesting projects, carry out hydrological research and studies, and update topographic maps and lands usage plans," he added.